AAPI Monthly Newsletters
AAPI Newsletter: April 2023
April 30, 2023
April 2023 saw several significant developments for the Abraham Accords. The Israel-UAE free trade agreement, also known as the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), went into effect on April 1, and is expected to enhance the already flourishing trade between the two nations. Emirates airlines added a third daily flight connecting Tel Aviv and Dubai. Four Israeli startups launched a partnership with Morocco’s Mohammed VI Polytechnic University to promote sustainable food production in the Moroccan Sahara. Finally, in a historic visit, Iranian Crown Prince and son of the former Shah, Reza Pahlavi traveled to Israel to share a message of friendship and solidarity between the Iranian and Israeli people.
In March 2023, the Bank of Israel published its Annual Report for 2022, which included a chapter written by economist Haggay Etkes on the growing trade and tourism ties between Israel and countries in the Middle East. Key findings and insights in the report include:
March 2023 Visitor Numbers: (Source: Israel Central Bureau of Statistics)
March 2023 Trade Numbers: (Source: Israel Central Bureau of Statistics)
Insights from HVS Consulting:
|AAPI Director for Israel Asher Fredman was selected by Israel21c as one of 48 Israelis who are “uniquely shaping Israel and the world, today and into the future.” According to Israel21c, Fredman “is playing a key role in fostering cooperation, friendship and tolerance between Israel and Abraham Accords countries.”|
|Below you can find a timeline of notable Abraham Accords-related events that occurred in the month of April 2023:|
April 1: The Israel-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement went into effect, reducing customs duties on 96% of products traded between the two countries.
April 4: UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone, discussing how to enhance bilateral relations and promote regional peace and stability.
April 11: Four Israeli food tech startups announced their intention to partner with Morocco’s Mohammed VI Polytechnic University to advance sustainable food production in Moroccan Sahara, the first instance of such collaboration in Moroccan Sahara.
April 14: Emirates Airlines announced that it will be introducing a third daily flight between Israel and Dubai on May 1, following reports that Dubai now ranks as a top destination for outbound tourism from Israel. Since June 2022, over 180,000 passengers have traveled on Emirates Airlines between Tel Aviv and Dubai.
April 14: The Moroccan delegation in Israel hosted a Mimouna in which Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Ronen Levi participated.
April 17: Iran’s Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi traveled to Israel to bring a message of friendship and solidarity from the Iranian people, saying that he wants the people of Israel to know that “the Islamic Republic does not represent the Iranian people.”
April 18: Sharaka brought 22 Arab participants to this year’s International March of the Living in Poland, in the framework of a program promoting tolerance through Holocaust education. The delegation included influencers, academics, journalists, and nonprofit representatives from Morocco, Bahrain, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Algeria as well as Arab citizens of Israel. Together, they participated in the three-kilometer march leading from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
April 18-20: Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen traveled to Azerbaijan for a three-day visit, during which he met with Azerbaijan’s President and Foreign Minister and hosted a business forum with 20 Israeli companies and Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister.
April 19: Representatives and business councils from the United States, India, Israel and the UAE, including the UAE-Israel Business Council, signed a memorandum of understanding to create a joint business coalition to advance the I2U2 initiative. The coalition aims to bring officials and business councils from the countries together to encourage cooperation in fields such as energy, food security, water, health, space and transportation.
April 21 – April 30th: An Israeli race team participated in the Morocco Desert Challenge rally, with Team Israel’s Gadi Nachmani coming in sixth in the motorbike and quad category.
April 25: The United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution expressing support for the Abraham Accords and honoring Israel’s 75th anniversary, demonstrating the widespread support for the Abraham Accords within the United States.
April 27: Lawmakers from 19 countries—including the U.S., the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, and a host of European countries—convened virtually to discuss possibilities for enhanced energy security and sustainability cooperation in the wake of the Abraham Accords.
April 27: Female politicians from Israel, Bahrain, Morocco, and the UAE signed the “Sara and Hajar Accords,” a first-of-its-kind agreement to cooperate on promoting regional strategies to combat gender violence, bring women together for various initiatives, and collaborate on women’s rights, equality, security, integrity, and dignity.