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A “Vin d'Honneur” reception was held on Wednesday evening on the occasion of the visit to Israel by the Minister of Economy of El Salvador, Mrs. Maria Luisa Hayem.


H.E. Ambassador of El Salvador, Mrs. Susana Gun de Hasenson and Mr. Dave Hasenson hosted the reception at the Embassy of El Salvador in honor of the ministerial visit, during a whirlwind week of economic diplomacy. Minister Hayem arrived in Israel earlier in the week for over two dozen meetings and engagements aimed at promoting Israeli-Salvadorian economic ties spanning a range of areas in the public and private sectors.


During the visit Minister Hayem met with Israeli counterparts, including Minister of Economy Orna Barbivai, Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Orit Farkash Cohen, Ambassador Jonathan Peled, Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador Eynat Schlein, head of Mashav, Israel’s agency for international development. The focus of the meetings was on sharing best practices for jumpstarting economic growth and development, and creating sustainable employment opportunities. This includes fostering the development of human talent via promoting entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities, and encouraging the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).


Minister Hayem also met with Israeli academic institutions, signing an agreement with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to advance joint research projects and to facilitate incorporating Israeli students into El Salvador’s international cooperation program.



Ambassador Susana Gun de Hasenson thanked her staff, and Honorary Consul Yossi Abadi for their work to facilitate the successful itinerary, and then welcomed Minister Hayem to the podium. Minister Hayem mentioned the similarities between the two countries, including in economic markets and said that she hoped El Salvador could learn from Israeli innovation and emulate some of its economic success. The meetings in Israel helped identify challenges that El Salvador could face, while also illuminating the best way forward to overcome those challenges. The minister noted the dedication of all members of the government to building a brighter future of opportunities for Salvadorian citizens.

Following her speech, Minister Hayem presented the ambassador with a gift as a token of appreciation for her work to strengthen Israeli-Salvadorian ties. The minister herself was then presented with a gift by Ambassador Yitzhak Eldan, on behalf of the Ambassadors; Club of Israel.


Diplomacy.co.il congratulates the embassy of El Salvador on the successful visit and offers best wishes for continued economic growth, development and innovation.

Steven Aiello
Photos credit: Silvia G. Golan