US Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin held an historic visit today at the Bank of Israel, where he met with Bank of Israel Governor Prof. Amir Yaron and other senior Bank officials.


The visit began with a meeting between Secretary Mnuchin and the Governor.  A broader-forum discussion was then held, during which a number of economic issues were discussed, including:


-          The macroeconomic situation in Israel and Israel's economic relations with the United States.

-          Banking regulation and anti-money laundering.

-          Developments in the world of fintech and digital banking.



Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron said, "I welcome Secretary Mnuchin, and thank him for devoting valuable time in his visit to working meetings at the Bank of Israel.  At these meetings, we discussed a variety of issues at the core of our work at the Bank of Israel that are relevant to our American colleagues.  The Secretary's visit is very important to us, and underlines the continued professional relationship between the Bank of Israel and the US Treasury Department at various levels.  Each of the organizations draws tremendous benefit from the knowledge of the other."


Secretary Mnuchin led an American delegation that included:

Mr. Jonathan Shrier, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy, Jerusalem

Mr. Brent McIntosh, Undersecretary of International Affairs, Department of the Treasury

Mr. Marshall Bilingslea, Assistant Secretary, TFI, Department of the Treasury

Mr. Zachary McEntee, Deputy Chief of Staff, Department of the Treasury

Mr. Amad Judeh, Deputy Office Director, International Affairs, Department of the Treasury

Ms. Katrina Feitt, Policy Advisor, TFI, Department of the Treasury


The Israeli participants in the meeting included:

Prof. Amir Yaron, Governor, Bank of Israel

Mr. Hezi Kalo, Director General, Bank of Israel

Prof. Michel Strawczynski, Director of the Research Department, Bank of Israel

Dr. Hedva Ber, Supervisor of Banks, Bank of Israel.

Mr. Andrew Abir, Director of the Market Operations Department, Bank of Israel

Ms. Tida Shamir, General Counsel, Bank of Israel

Mr. Eddy Azoulay, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Bank of Israel

Mr. Roi Frayberg, Advisor to the Deputy Governor, Bank of Israel

Mr. Uri Barazani, Deputy Spokesperson, Bank of Israel

Ms. Yael Ravia-Zadok, Deputy Director General, Head of Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Gali Dagan, Director of Political-Economic Research and Analysis, Center for Policy Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs​