In the presence of Prime Minister Yair Lapid and Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office Naama Shultz, the first work conference was held to promote the implementation of the strategic plan for the development of Haifa Bay, with the participation of all senior professional ranks and local authorities
Prime Minister Yair Lapid participated today in the first working conference to promote the implementation of the strategic plan for the development of Haifa Bay.
The conference was held with the participation of the CEO of the Prime Minister’s Office, Naama Shultz, the head of the Haifa Bay Development Directorate and the deputy head of the National Economic Council Yuval Edmon, representatives of the local government and a number of professionals from the various government ministries involved in the implementation of the plan.
The conference was organized by the Directorate for the Development of the Haifa Bay, as part of the process of formulating the operative plan for the implementation of Government Resolution 1231 for the development of the Bay.
Below are the Prime Minister’s full words:
“On March 6, we passed the government’s decision to evacuate the polluting factories, and to begin the development of the Gulf. This is a defining event, and it is no less complex and large than the transfer of the IDF to the Negev, which is one of the most talked about things the state does. It will have an impact that is difficult for us to imagine on the entire Gulf region. We are taking a polluted area that people and businesses today are reluctant to live, move around and operate in. It became not only the backyard of the entire north, but the backyard of the State of Israel.
Instead of the factories, there will be a huge green park along the Kishon river. Instead of oil tanks, there will be neighborhoods, hotels and bathing beaches. Instead of tens of thousands of dunams of land in the heart of the metropolis that no one wants to live in today, because of the pollution and hazardous materials – more than 100 thousand housing units will be built, which will also help with the housing crisis in Israel.
This move will indeed connect Haifa, Nesher and Kiryat. It will connect the north of the country with the center of the country. Using high-speed trains – this will also take cars off Route 6 and reduce traffic jams.
Since the decision was passed, the steering committee has been following the progress of the implementation of the decision. There is a director headed by Yuval Admon, whose whole purpose is to promote the performance. If we continue to move forward at the current rate, there is a chance that even the project will be ahead of its initial schedule, as it was planned. It was important for me to come here today, to be with you and to say thank you to each of you.”
Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office Naama Shultz:
“The government’s decision on the evacuation of the petrochemical plants and the development of Haifa Bay was passed last March after years of staff work. One of the reasons this decision came to fruition and was passed on our watch is the high level of cooperation between the ministries.
Cooperation handed down from top to bottom – from the ministers, through the CEOs, and up to you, the professionals. I ask you to preserve this unusual thing. The decision has already been set in motion, but in order for it to continue to move forward at the right pace – this cooperation must be maintained.”
In recent months, the Directorate for the Development of Haifa Bay has begun to hold a series of consultation meetings with various forums dealing with the issue in the business sector, civil society and environmental organizations, in order to include all the needs and perspectives required to formulate comprehensive and effective operative plans.
After the administration’s work with the government ministries to formulate the operative plans, the conference is a milestone in the execution of the government’s decision in all levels of implementation.
The head of the Haifa Bay Development Directorate and the deputy head of the National Economic Council, Yuval Admon, presented at the conference the government’s decision and how the directorate works together with the other government ministries to implement the plan.
Also, drafts of the new development plans for Haifa Bay as currently being promoted by the planning committees as part of TMA 75 were presented, alongside a presentation detailing the full energy response required in order for the State of Israel to be prepared for the cessation of petrochemical industry activity in Haifa Bay.