ISRAEL NEWS: Governor Michael L. Parson

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November 23, 2021

Jefferson City From December 2 – 11, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will travel to Israel and Greece for a third international Trade Mission. Israel and Greece are key trade partners for Missouri, with nearly $54 million and more than $12 million in exports in 2020, respectively.

Consistent with Governor Parson’s infrastructure and economic development priorities, the goal of the Trade Mission is to build relationships with key international figures to promote Missouri’s strong capacity for trade.

“As Governor, I look forward to meeting with our partners in Israel and Greece to strengthen relationships and broaden our state’s global trade opportunities,” Governor Parson said. “Countries all over the globe already spend billions of dollars each year on Missouri-made products. We’re thrilled to again represent our state to international officials and companies while promoting Missouri as an ideal business location.”

The Trade Mission will include stops in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel, as well as Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece, to meet with government officials, diplomats, and business leaders to promote Missouri as an ideal destination for business investment and expansion. To thank companies that have established relationships with Missouri, Governor Parson will also meet with representatives of companies not based in Missouri. He will encourage them to invest in Missouri in the future.

The nearly $66 million in goods exported to Israel and Greece in 2020 shows the importance of international trade to the state’s economic success. Cars and trucks were the most in-demand goods among all those exported to Israel. Machinery and chemicals ranked high among the exports to Greece.

Israel Highlights

Governor Parson will take part in an ag-tech roundtable discussion in Tel Aviv alongside GlobalSTL, a premier Missouri organization that aims to recruit high-growth international companies with the goal of establishing headquarters in St. Louis. The key industries are agriculture, plant science, financial technology, food and nutrition, as well as medical and human health.

Meetings scheduled include SIBAT, the International Defense Cooperation Directorate of the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD), and the Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Ratney of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Governor Parson will also receive economic briefings from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Embassy Israeli Country team.

Greece Highlights

Meetings scheduled include Geoffrey R. Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic (Greece), agricultural startup in Greece and the U.S. ConsulGeneral in Thessaloniki Ms. Elizabeth (Liz. K. Lee.

Governor Parson will also be a keynote speaker at the Greek Economic Summit and take part in a business roundtable discussion hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce to engage with Greek CEOs in the northern region of Thessaloniki.

The Trade Mission is funded by the Hawthorn Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit organization. Follow @GovMikeParsonMO on Twitter and @GovParsonMO to receive updates about the trip.

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