Israel to provide China $400 mln in loan

20:12, May 14, 2010      

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Israel will offer a preferential loan of 400 million U.S. dollars to China, the Chinese Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced Friday.

Chinese Vice Minister of Finance Li Yong and the Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz signed the two nations' third fiscal cooperation protocol in Tel Aviv Thursday, said a statement on the MOF website.

The preferential loan provided by the Israeli government would fund health and sanitation projects, agricultural development, education and training, sewage treatment, energy efficiency projects, mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other high-tech projects.

China and Israel signed the first fiscal cooperation protocol in 1995. Since then, the Israeli government has promised to provide 1 billion U.S. dollars in loans, in which 550 million dollars was in place, involving about 190 projects in 29 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.



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