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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is making an financial improvement journey to Israel.

Kemp spokesperson Garrison Douglas confirmed the journey Wednesday. Douglas mentioned Kemp can be assembly with Israeli firms that do enterprise within the state, in addition to with authorities officers.

For safety causes, Douglas mentioned he could not present the precise itinerary, however he mentioned the governor is leaving this weekend and can be gone for every week.

It is Kemp’s third abroad journey as governor and his second in lower than six months as he seeks to lift his profile. The second-term Republican governor is making an attempt to steer his celebration away from former President Donald Trump, though Kemp has mentioned he is not operating for president in 2024.

In January, Kemp attended the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, Switzerland, saying he was pitching Georgia’s financial mannequin and assembly with company executives and authorities officers from around the globe.

In 2019, Kemp went to South Korea, the place he met with then-Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and Hyundai Motor Group officers. Final yr Hyundai introduced it was constructing a $5.5 billion electrical car manufacturing facility close to Savannah.

Israel is a much less apparent financial goal than South Korea. In 2021, based on the state Division of Financial Growth, Georgia exported $280 million in items and providers to Israel, making it the state’s thirty fourth largest export market. Imports from Israel have been $650 million, making it the state’s twenty ninth largest import buying and selling associate.

Georgia officers say Israeli firms make use of greater than 1,000 Georgians.

The state has had a commerce workplace in Israel since 1994, and two prior governors have led commerce missions there, reflecting its outsize political and non secular significance. Gov. Sonny Perdue visited in 2005, whereas Gov. Nathan Deal visited in 2014.

Kemp’s spouse and three daughters will be a part of him and the household can pay for his or her journey, Douglas mentioned.

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