Simhon visit

Israeli Minister for Industry, Trade and Labor Visits his Counterparts in Canberra

Israeli minister Shalom Simhon was in Australia for a week-long visit to strengthen the relationship between the governments of the State of Israel and Australia. Minister Simhon lead a business delegation consisting of 11 Israeli companies to Australia, but took a day out of that busy schedule to meet with his Federal counterparts and discuss numerous cooperation’s and agreements between the two countries.

The first meeting of the morning for Minister Simhon was with Minister Craig Emerson, Minister for Trade. During the meeting with Minister Emerson, there were discussions of the best way and ideas for enhancing economic relations between the two countries. These discussions were very fruitful. With the recent discovery of a very large gas field off the coast of Israel, the Ministers also discussed the best way to open this newly formed market to Australian companies who have many years of experience in this field. They also shared ideas on co-operation in Research & Development between Israel and Australia, and the trade of lamb and meat from Australia to Israel. Lastly, the Ministers discussed the double taxation issues between the two countries, with further discussions on all the issues raised in the meeting will be occurring.

The next meeting of the morning was with Minister Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Minister Simhon is very knowledgeable in this field as he himself is a former farmer and for many years was the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Israeli Government. Minister discussed various topics in their meeting. Minister Simhon invited Minister Ludwig to attend and lead an Australian delegation to the AgriTech Exhibition to be held in Israel from the 15th-17th May this year. Once again the Minister discussed the issues surrounding the exporting of lamb and meat from Australia to Israel. The Ministers shared their views on the best ways to fight desertification which both countries are working on fixing. The Ministers also discussed the mutually interesting topic of cooperation in marine agriculture and this is something that both countries are moving towards.

The next order of business for Minister Simhon was to meet with the Joint Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Trade Sub-Committee. During this this meeting Mr Boas Hirsch, Director General of the Israeli Foreign Trade Administration gave a PowerPoint presentation that can be seen by clicking here.

Minister Simhon then attended a lunch put on by the Australia – Israel Parliamentary Friendship Association and took a tour of the Parliament Hourse.

The Minister then took time out to visit the Australian War Memorial. Minister Simhon paid his respect to Australian heritage by laying a wreath at the War Memorial and to show the continued support between the Israel and Australia.

It was back to meetings after the visit to the War Memorial and Minister Simhon met with Minister Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. In the meeting with Minister Conroy, Minister Simhon discussed the progression of the National Broadband Network (NBN) and what the best way for Israeli companies with a lot of experience in projects such as these could contribute to the NBN. The Minister also gave an overview of the Digital Media and Communications companies that were travelling with him to Australia, and Minister Conroy was impressed with the high caliber of companies out here. The Ministers then shared opinions on cooperation in international forums such as ITU and cooperation in 3rd countries that Israel does not have access to. In addition to these points, the Ministers briefly discussed a roaming agreement between the two countries.

The last official Ministerial meeting of the day was with Minister Greg Combet, Minister for Industry and Innovation and Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. The discussions with Minister Combet were surrounding the ongoing negotiations around a national joint Research & Development agreement. The State of Israel has an existing R&D agreement with the State of Victoria, but is looking to establish one on a Federal level too. There will be further discussions around this point in the months to come. Minister Simhon also discussed cooperation between the Industry sectors in Israel and Australia.

After many constructive and interesting meetings, Minister Simhon’s visit to Canberra was finished. There will be a lot of follow up to all the meetings that were conducted, and many positive results will come out of the meetings outlined above.

Israeli Minister Simhon meets the leaders of the Jewish Communities of Victoria and NSW

As part of the week-long visit to Australia of the Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, Minister Shalom Simhon met with the leaders of the Jewish Communities in both Victoria and New South Wales.

The Minister met with senior figures from the Victorian Jewish Community at a small reception held in his honour at Beth Weizmann Community Centre. The Minister commented to the audience about the importance of a strong Jewish community in the diaspora, and how he knows that Australian Jews are very charitable towards the State of Israel. Minister Simhon was formally welcomed by Mr Sam Tatarka, President of the Zionist Council of Victoria and Ian Samuel OAM, Chairperson of the Information Department of the Zionist Federation of Australia.

During his visit to Sydney, Minister Simhon met with the leaders of the NSW Jewish Communal Organisations. Mr Yair Miller, President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies introduced and welcomed the Minister to small gathering. The Minister re-committed his support to the strong relationships between the Governments of the State of Israel and that of Australia, and once again encouraged the NSW Jewish community to continue their vocal and strong support for the State of Israel.



 New South Wales

Broadcast Media and Communications Seminar

The Israel Trade Commission together with the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce are delighted to invite you to a Broadcast Media and Communications seminar with official guest speakers;

  • The Hon. Andrew Stoner, NSW Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment and Minster for Regional Infrastructure and Services
  • The Hon. Shalom Simhon, Israel’s Minister for Industry, Trade and Labor

Minister Simhon will be leading a trade delegation of Israeli companies to Australia, which will focus on the Broadcast Media and Communications sectors, and will explore collaboration opportunities in these industries – a testimony to the Israeli government’s commitment to further develop collaboration between the two countries. 

Please Click on the below company to see the PowerPoint Presentations given on the morning:

This event is supported by Trade and Investment NSW

To RSVP for this event or for more information
please contact Josh Wermut (02) 9388 0382 or

Israeli companies have traditionally been at the forefront of the global Communications industry. More than sixty years of innovation has resulted in the emergence of several world renowned communication powerhouses in Israel, along with hundreds of smaller tech companies and over 1,000 active Israeli communications start-ups.

For PDF version of this invitation please click here

Agriculture Breakfast Briefing

Breakfast Briefing by Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor

We are delighted to invite you to join us, as our guest, to a private event with
The Hon. Shalom Simhon.

 The Israel Trade Commission (ITC) together with the Embassy of Israel and Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) are pleased to invite you to attend this private breakfast briefing. Speaking at this event will be the Hon. Shalom Simhon, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor and former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

As a former farmer himself, Minister Simhon is very passionate about the Agricultural Sector. He will be sharing his views about the Agro Technology market in Israel and its future trends followed by some success stories of Israeli Agricultural company’s emergence in the Australian market.

Date: Monday 27th February
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 am
Venue: The Stock Room, InterContinental Melbourne, The Rialto
495 Collins St, Melbourne, 3000

This is an invitation only event.

Please RSVP to or (02) 9388 0382.
A full breakfast will be served.

Some of Israel’s leading brands in the Agricultural sector will be presenting at the Briefing. Minister Simhon will also take this opportunity to introduce the upcoming Agricultural Exhibition, Agritech Israel (website), the 18th International Agricultural Technology Exhibition, which is one of the world’s most important exhibitions in the field of agricultural technologies. The exhibition will be held May 15 – 17, 2012 in Israel.

Please click here to view the presentation that was given on the morning.