Main Achievements in Improving the Business Environment

  • Government decisions to reinforce Israeli industry’s competitiveness.
  • Allocation of thousands of Palestinian workers to industrial workplaces.
  • Budgeting of hundreds of millions of shekels to boost capital investments, R&D, and develop jobs in the industrial sector.
  • Extension of the exemption from repaying research and development royalties in advanced production industries.
  • Tens of millions of shekels added to the budget for technological training programs, including occupational training.
  • Lobbying for a credit law to require government offices to pay companies within 30-45 days.
  • Hundreds of millions of shekels for grants and loans to encourage improved energy efficiency.
  • Cancelation of the requirement to issue quarterly reports; easing of other regulations for small and medium-sized public companies.
  • Easing of regulations for the business sector regarding business restrictions, including the issue of exorbitant pricing.
  • The Ministry of Justice decision to impose a fee on plaintiffs in class actions.
  • Ministerial committee approval for a bill to increase building rights at the level of local planning committees.
  • Reduction in the preferential company tax for industry: 7.5% in outlying regions, 12% on income from intellectual property, and 16% for production in the Central Region.
  • Developing a dedicated track for investment grants to non-export industries.
  • New state-guaranteed 12-year loan fund for small and medium-sized factories for the purpose of updating equipment and increasing productivity.
  • Significant reduction in regulatory requirements vis-à-vis factories seeking to connect to natural gas.
  • 50%-180% increase in grants for connecting to natural gas.
  • Adapting the new regulatory reforms to the needs of industry – adopting differentiated regulations, representation on regulatory committees, etc.
  • Prevention of significant cost increases due to private labor legislation.
  • Prevention of the planned port strike in September 2016.
  • Advising the finance committee to reduce arrears interest for water corporations by 50%.
  • Extension of the target date for accessibility on websites and adaptation of accessibility regulations to the needs of the business sector.