The US Treasury Secretary held an historic visit today at the Bank of Israel
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