Ramat Gan, Israel, April 18, 2010 – Panama’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Roberto Henriquez was the guest of honour at a luncheon hosted by the Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) in Ramat Gan on April 13.
The Minister was accompanied by the Vice Minister of Foreign Trade Jose Domingo Arias and the Ambassador of Panama in Israel Roberto Arango. All three visited the Israel Diamond Exchange earlier that day.
The luncheon was attended by Israeli Diamond Industry leaders.
IDI Chairman Moti Ganz welcomed the Panamanian delegation with a toast and said, “In the past year a diamond exchange was established in Panama and you began to develop your trade in diamonds.
“We are hoping that in the future there will be more transactions with the Israeli Diamond Industry. You have an open door with us for the diamond trade.”
Minister Henriquez said, “We are seeking to strengthen the bonds with Israel. In the last few months we have signed five bilateral agreements with your country.
“The sixth one was signed this week with the Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor and is aimed at boosting the financial and commercial cooperation between the two countries.
“My delegation also consists of a private enterprise group. They have been meeting with Israeli companies.”