Vice-President and Minister of State Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado completed an official state visit to Israel, from the 23rd to the 28th of October, with which she strengthened bilateral relations between Panama and Israel.
The Vice-President and Minister met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, as well as with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin, and the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat.
The Vice-President communicated her interest in beginning several joint projects with Israel, in areas in which Israel is clearly experiences. These included the technology and innovation sector, security, agriculture, education, and urban health, thus contributing to the execution of the Panamanian government’s Administrative Plan.
Likewise, she met with Menahem Ben Sasson, president of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University; Ambassador Yosi Gal, Vice-President of the Foreign Relations and Development division of the University; and Edu Pollak, Director for Latin America of the Foreign Relations and Development division, to whom she communicated the interest Panama has in exchanging knowledge and activating joint investigative programs together with Israel.
She also held meetings with members of Tel Aviv University’s academic board, with University President Joseph Klafter, and Mr. Shlomo Merkel, president of the board of Ramot Tel Aviv University.
Within the framework of her visit to Israel, the Harry S. Truman Research Center for the Advancement of Peace awarded her with a certificate of recognition for her efforts towards the construction of dialogue and consensus throughout her professional life, and for the role the Panamanian Government played whilst preparing the stage for the meeting between the presidents of Cuba and the United States at the VII Congress of the Americas in Panama City. The Vice-president is the first Latin American so honored.
She participated as a speaker in the World Women’s Leadership Conference, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center in Haifa.