Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor and First Lady to Take Economic Development Trip to London, Israel

Tuesday, October 15, 2013  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry will travel to London on Tuesday, October 15, and Israel on Saturday, October 19, for an economic development mission and as guests of Americans for Economic Freedom. The Perrys will return on Friday, October 25.

Gov. Perry will meet with business and government leaders, participate in a higher education announcement, and speak at the Water Technology and Environmental Control Exhibition and Conference (WATEC) Israel 2013. The governor and first lady's trip will be paid for by TexasOne and Americans for Economic Freedom. No tax dollars will be used for the Perry's travel and accommodations on this trip.

Texas and the United Kingdom maintain a healthy trade relationship. The U.K. was Texas' 12th largest export destination in 2012 with more than $4.27 billion in Texas exports, including industrial machinery, aircraft, spacecraft and parts, mineral fuels and oils, electric machinery and medical equipment. Israel was Texas' 38th largest export destination in 2012 with more than $999.46 million in exports, including transportation equipment, chemicals, machinery, computers and electronics and fabricated metal products.

Israel is internationally recognized for its innovations in managing scarce water resources, and widely regarded as a nexus of world-class expertise in the water field. This year's WATEC conference will emphasize technologies to more efficiently use natural resources, including water, soil, energy and materials. The conference brings together international business executives, government officials and leading researchers, and will be a showcase for the most advanced water technologies and solutions from around the world.

Additional details about the governor's events will be provided throughout the trip.

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