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January 5, 2017 1:00 pm

Israel, China Sign Bilateral Construction Labor Deal

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Israel’s Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon at a cabinet meeting on Dec. 18, 2016. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/Pool.

Israeli Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon at a cabinet meeting on Dec. 18, 2016. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/Pool.

JNS.org – Israel’s construction sector, which has long suffered from a lack of sufficient manpower, received a boost Wednesday after an Israeli delegation signed a bilateral agreement with the Chinese government to bring more than 6,000 Chinese laborers to Israel in the next half year.

The agreement, which followed protracted negotiations, is slated to be made official in late February, the Israeli news site Walla reported.

The Finance Ministry has long been promising to open Israel’s doors to some 20,000 Chinese laborers, but the government’s efforts have until now been unsuccessful.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon welcomed the deal with China.

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“After efforts that lasted for more than a year and a half, I’m happy our representatives signed a deal to bring thousands of Chinese workers [to Israel], who will provide an energy boost to resolving the housing crisis. This achievement is an excellent beginning to 2017,” he said.

In recent years, similar labor deals have been signed with Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova to bolster the construction industry, Walla reported.

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