Texas Governor Greg Abbott this week attended a luncheon hosted by the Israeli Consulate of the Southwest to discuss strengthening commercial ties between Texas and Israel, according to a recent press release of the governor’s office provided by Press Secretary John Wittman yesterday. The event was part of a five-day trip by the Lone Star State’s 48th governor to Israel and Switzerland.
Governor Abbott said, “Today was an encouraging step toward building an even stronger economic relationship between Texas and Israel. We share a spirit of innovation that has made our economies the envy of the world. I look forward to working with business leaders in Texas and Israel in order to strengthen our relationship and encourage even more investment in the Lone Star State.”
Governor Abbott further toured the world’s largest desalination plant in Sorek, Israel and met with Israeli energy officials to discuss the seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) process. He also had a meeting with representatives of Elbit Systems, Ltd. for the purpose of visiting about the development of new military technologies.
Elton Levon, consulate general of Israel to the Southwest United States, said his country “appreciates the close relationship Abbott has fostered,” according to an article in the Dallas Morning News. Levon further said, “We look forward to many more collaborations, especially in the areas of water, energy and technology.”
“The combination of Texas’ low-tax, low-regulation environment and our skilled workforce is attracting more foreign direct investment,” Governor Abbott further said.
Governor Abbott attended the World Economic Forum in Switzerland today after completing his trip to Israel. He said the trip is a chance to build ties with new international business partners. The World Economic Forum draws a combination of corporate executives and world leaders. Switzerland is also a banking center of the world.
The Forum is best known for its annual winter meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The meeting brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, selected intellectuals and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world.
Governor Abbott’s weeklong trip to Jerusalem and Switzerland began Monday. Texas is fortunate to have a governor who is willing to spend the time and effort to work as a goodwill ambassador for the Lone Star State around the globe. His meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as his visit to the Swiss business forum will no doubt pay economic dividends for Texans in the future.