Friday, January 13, 2017

Israel-China deal paves way for thousands of Chinese construction workers in Israel

By Herb Keinon

THE JERUSALEM POST - 04 January 2017 

Israel and China agreed on the wording of an agreement in Beijing on Wednesday that will pave the way for some 6,000 Chinese construction workers to come and work in Israel within six months. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said the accord, which will be formally signed at the end of February in Jerusalem, was negotiated for the last 18 months and will provide a “boost” to solve the housing crisis.  Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant said that the housing market in Israel has suffered over the last few years because of a lack of manpower.  This agreement will bring new technology and a skilled workforce, he said.  “The Chinese workers will reduce the construction time, and bring down prices for the benefit of the public,” Galant said.  The Israeli delegation to China was headed by the Finance Ministry’s housing chief, Avigdor Yitzhaki, and the Construction and Housing Ministry’s director-general, Asher Armoni. They held talks with representatives of China’s Ministry of Commerce.  Until the final agreement is signed by the end of February, both sides will prepare the ground for the immediate implementation of the accord.