GOVERNANCE / Eli Cohen

Eli Cohen

Minister of the Economy and Industry, Government of Israel
 

Eli Cohen is Israel’s Minister of the Economy and Industry. He was appointed on January 23, 2017. He is an accountant and politician with an BA in Accounting and an MBA, majoring in Financing and Accounting. His main goals and objectives as minister include: maintaining a low unemployment rate, investing in the advancement of technological education, protecting employee rights, and promoting competition in the Israeli economy. In 2015, Cohen entered public life.  In July of 2015, he was appointed as head of the reforms committee, through which he passed key laws, including the bank reform, the substantial economic reform legislated in the 20th Knesset, the reform at the Israel Standards Institution.

He also established an independent capital authority, the Urban Renewal Authority, passed an amendment to the Planning and Construction Law (Sheves-Kachlon), the REIT funds law that offers incentives for establishing real estate funds, etc. Before entering public life, Cohen served as a lecturer at Tel Aviv University in the fields of management, finance and accounting. Before entering public life, he served in senior positions in the business sector.