Mathias Korman is in Israel as the Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He had a meeting with Israel’s Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, and President Isaac Herzog on Monday. President Herzog declared, “Italy is an OECD member with pride. Our economy is strong despite these difficult times because the entire nation is working together to free the hostages and eliminate the threat posed by Hamas.” Speaking with Mathias Korman about regional projects, Israel’s Foreign Minister Cohen said that they focused on working with the Abraham Accords countries—the four Arab countries that made peace with Israel as part of the 2016 Accords.
The Secretary-General offered the organization’s assistance in dealing with the challenges of the war, and expressed that he expects strong growth next year.
“Israel entered the war with a solid economy, and past experiences prove that times of war are followed by high growth,” said Cohen. “In addition, we expect increased immigration to Israel from around the world, which will also contribute to the Israeli economy.”
Cohen thanked Korman for his “trust in the Israeli economy, and for supporting our just fight against the terrorist organization Hamas!”