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ECONOMIC HIGHLIGHTS 2 nd Quarter 2009 STATE OF ISRAEL MINISTRY OF FINANCE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT August 2009 International Affairs Department.

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1 ECONOMIC HIGHLIGHTS 2 nd Quarter 2009 STATE OF ISRAEL MINISTRY OF FINANCE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT August 2009 International Affairs Department International Affairs Department

2 Contents Note: You can return to the beginning of each chapter by clicking this symbols on the top of each slide. Economic Figures Economic Figures Balances International Comparisons International Comparisons Israel and the OECD Israel and the OECD International Treaties International Treaties Relevant Sites Relevant Sites Main Characteristics Main Characteristics

3 Back to Contents Main Characteristics Highly Educated Population Rapid Development of Technology & High-Tech Industries Entrepreneurial Culture Open Economy Intense Trade Relations with Numerous Partners

4 Economic Figures GDP and Business GDP Major GDP Components Growth: Israel compared to the World Exports of Goods and Services Foreign Investments Unemployment & Participation Rates Inflation Rate Growth of Main GDP Components 2008 Press for desired slide or continue: Back to Contents Main Indicators Main Trading Partners Inflation Rate Worldwide

5 *Using public exchange rate. ** In current prices Main Economic Indicators 2009 Q Criteria GDP (current prices in $B)* -3.7%4.0%5.4%5.2%5.1%GDP Real Growth Rate (%) --$27,143$25,974$24,467$22,925 GDP per Capita (PPP adjusted)** --2.2%3.5%3.3% GDP per Capita Growth Rate (%, 2005 prices) 15.2 (33.2%) 79.9 (40.1%) 70.9 (43.2%) 62.5 (43.4%) 57.2 (42.9%) Exports (Goods & Services)** $B* (As Percentage of GDP) 13.8 (30.1%) 84.0 (42.1%) 73.6 (44.8%) 62.0 (43.0%) 57.6 (43.2%) Imports (Goods & Services)** $B* (As Percentage of GDP) 7.6%6.2%7.3%8.4%9.0%Unemployment Rate (%)

6 Source: Ministry of Finance Main Economic Indicators (con.) Criteria 78.3%79.8%85.5%94.3%Total Gross Debt (Percentage of GDP) 43.4%44.2%45.0%45.5% Government Expenditure (Percentage of GDP) 1.1%2.8%5.1%3.2%Current Account Surplus (% of GDP) 3.8%3.4%-0.1%2.4%Inflation Rate ( CPI, end of year)

7 Source: Ministry of Finance Main Economic Indicators (con.) About Credit Rating: The government’s credit rating reflects the economy’s level of risk and affects banks, companies and financial bodies in the market. The rating creates a “ceiling” which acts as a benchmark to their bond pricing. Credit rating indicates the macro-economic status of an economy and affects foreign investors’ decisions whether to invest in the market. Overseas Bonds Forecast Domestic Bonds TermRating Firm Rating A1 Stable A1Long Moody's P1-Short A Stable AA-Long Standard & Poor's A-1A-1+Short A Stable A+Long Fitch F1-Short

8 GDP and Business GDP (Annual rate of change (%), in Constant Prices) In the past few years, Israel’s economy has enjoyed high growth rates. Despite the current economic crisis, Q2 shows signs of recovery. * Estimate. Source: Ministry of Finance.

9 GDP Growth Israel compared to Advanced Economies* (Annual rate of change (%), in constant prices) * Weighted average: US – 39%, Euro area – 46.5%, Japan – 3%, UK – 5%, Asian Newly Industrialized countries – 6.5% Source: Ministry of Finance. Since 2004, Israel’s growth rate has exceeded the average growth rate of advanced economies.

10 Major GDP Components (Annual rate of change (%), in constant prices) Source: Ministry of Finance

11 Exports of Goods and Services ( $B )

12 Israel’s Main Trading Partners (US$ Billions, excluding diamonds) Source: Central Bureau of Statistics 2008 EXPORT IMPORT 2007 China is becoming a leading trade partner for Israel

13 Net Foreign Investments in Israel (B$) Source: Ministry of Finance

14 Unemployment and Participation (As % of Total Labor Force) “Containment and Breakthrough”, Israel’s Economic Policy, includes Encouragement of employment and job creation through an increase of the Chief Scientist’s budget, renovation of educational institutions and budgeting of the Investment Encouragement Law. Source: Ministry of Finance

15 Inflation Rate (Rate of Change in CPI, end of year) Source: Central Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Finance The Consumer Price Index (CPI) grew by 3.8% during * July 2009 index compared to July 2008 *

16 Inflation Rate Worldwide (Rate of Change in CPI, end of 2008) Inflationary pressures in Israel have decreased, as a result of the world crisis. 3.8% Sources: Central Bureau of Statistics, OECD

17 2008Criteria + 4.0% Real GDP + 4.4% Business GDP + 3.0% Exports + 3.9% Private Consumption + 2.8% Public Consumption + 5.1% Investment in Fixed Assets Source: Ministry of Finance Growth of Main GDP Components 2008

18 Balances Budget Deficit and General Government Expenditure Current Account and Net Foreign Debt Gross Public Debt Gross Tax Burden Back to Contents Press for desired slide or continue:

19 Gross Public Debt (as percentage of GDP) Source: Ministry of Finance Since 2003, the gross public debt has been on a downward trend.

20 Source: Ministry of Finance Budget Deficit and General Government Expenditure Budget Deficit General Government Expenditure (% of GDP)

21 Current Account Balance and Net Foreign Debt * As percentage of 2007 GDP Source: Ministry of Finance. In 2003, current account turned positive, conversely with the decrease of the net foreign debt. Current Account Surplus (% of GDP) Net Foreign Debt (% of GDP)

22 Source: Ministry of Finance, OECD Gross Tax Burden (as % of GDP) Tax burden has been in the vicinity of OECD average since 2003 OECD countries average: 26.4% (as of 2008)

23 Central Bank Interest Rates Israel vs. U.S.A Source: Bank of Israel (BOI), Federal Reserve Bank of Israel Rate (BOI) U.S. Federal Funds Rate Coinciding with the FED’s low interest rate,BOI interest rate continues to decrease. Coinciding with the FED’s low interest rate, BOI interest rate continues to decrease.

24 NASDAQ & Tel Aviv 100 (monthly average) Source: Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE), World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) Tel Aviv 100 reacts to the current events similarly to the NASDAQ, yet less drastically.

25 Source: World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Index, Global Competitiveness Index, The World Economic Forum Ranked Israel 23 rd Out of 134 Countries

26 Global Competitiveness Index, 2008/9 SELECTED CATEGORIES Venture Capital Availability Source: World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Index, Availability of Scientists & Engineers Quality of Scientific Research Institutions Company Spending on R&D RANK

27 Strength of Investor Protection Source: World Economic Forum; Global Competitiveness Index, Availability of Latest Technologies Utility Patents Legal Rights Index RANK Global Competitiveness Index, 2008/9 SELECTED CATEGORIES (con.)

28 Countries that have been invited for open discussions for joining the OECD *GCI:Provides a holistic overview of factors critical to productivity and competitiveness *NRI: Measures the level of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) development of nations Source: World Economic Forum; Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) , Global Information Technology Report The Networked Readiness Index 2008–2009 Business Competitiveness Index Israel’s Rank in Leading Indices

29 Israel and the OECD Real GDP growth in Unemployment Rate in Press for desired slide or continue: Back to Contents GDP Based on PPP per Capita in 2006

30 Real GDP Growth (Annual percentage of change, partial list) Source: Ministry of Finance, IMF 07’ 08’ As many OECD countries were highly influenced by the recession in 2008, Israel only experienced a relatively mild decay in growth rate. 2007: 5.3% 2008: 4.0%

31 Unemployment Rate (harmonized) Source: OECD, Ministry of Finance 08’ 07’ 08’ 07’ 08’ 07’ 08’ 07’

32 GDP per capita based on purchasing-power-parity (PPP) 2007, (in US$) 32,752 26,314 Source: OECD

33 International Treaties Israel’s Free Trade Agreements Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreements Cooperation in Industrial R&D Agreements Protection of Investments Agreements International Organization Memberships Press for desired slide or continue: Back to Contents

34 Israel’s Free Trade Agreements * Member states of the common market of the south, not yet in force European Union (Association Agreement) USA EFTA Canada Turkey Mexico MERCOSUR* QIZ Agreement EgyptJordan

35 Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreements AustriaBelarusBelgiumBrazilBulgariaCanadaChina Czech Republic CroatiaDenmarkEstoniaEthiopiaFinlandFranceGermanyGreeceHungaryIndiaIrelandItalyJamaicaJapanLatviaLithuania * The agreement with Estonia has only been signed initially

36 (con.)SwitzerlandThailand The Netherlands TurkeyUkraine United Kingdom UzbekistanUSALuxembourgMexicoMoldovaNorwayPhilippines Portugal * PolandRomaniaRussiaSingaporeSlovakiaSlovenia South Africa** South Korea SpainSweden * The agreement with Portugal has been recently ratified ** Not yet ratified by South Africa. Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreements

37 Cooperation in Industrial R&D Agreements Belgium Canada China France Hong Kong Italy Netherlands Portugal Spain UK USA Singapore Ireland Sweden Finland Germany IndiaAustria Korea

38 Protection of Investment Agreements CroatiaCyprus Czech Republic El-SalvadorEstoniaGeorgiaGermany AlbaniaArgentinaArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusBulgariaChina GuatemalaIndiaKazakhstanKoreaLatvia

39 TurkmenistanUkraineUruguayUzbekistan Protection of Investment Agreements (con.) LithuaniaMoldovaPolandRomaniaSlovakiaSlovenia South Africa *appending ratification ThailandTurkey

40 Main International Economic Organizations Membership: Israel is a member in leading Israel is a member in leading international : economic organizations: WBGWBG IMFIMF WTOWTO OECD (candidate)OECD (candidate) A more detailed list: BIS | BSEC (observer) | CE (observer) | CERN (observer) | EBRD | FAO | IADB | IAEA | WBG – IBRD, IFC, IDA, MIGA | ICAO | ICC | ICCT (signatory) | ICFTU | IFAD | IFRCS (observer) | ILO | IMF | IMO | Interpol | IOC | IOM | ISO | ITU | OAS (observer) | OECD (candidate) | OPCW (signatory) OSCE (partner) | PCA | UN | UNCTAD | UNECE | UNEP | UNESCO | UNHCR | UNIDO | UPU | WCO | WFP | WHO | WIPO | WMO | WTOO | WTRO | WTO | ICSID

41 Relevant Sites Back to Contents Government Institutions: Ministry of Finance OECD Profile on Israel Bank of IsraelBank of Israel (BOI) Central Bureau of Statistics Israeli Government Portal Israel Securities Authority Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor International Affairs Department Homepage:

42 We welcome your feedback! Mr. Assaf Luxembourg International Affairs Department Ministry of Finance Jerusalem Israel Start Again Visit our website! Mr. Roni Hershkovitz Acting Director Overseas Economic Information International Affairs Department Ministry of Finance Jerusalem Israel Contact Us!


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