After the Labor Party left the government, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appointed a number of replacement ministers (on December 15). Minister without Portfolio Danny Naveh was put in charge of the Industry and Trade Ministry.
As soon as he was in office, before he even had time to warm the seat, before he even worked out who was with him and who was against, before he learned what problems industry faced, Naveh began to bombard the media with varied press releases, covering a whole wealth of areas - so much so that one can only ask: When does he get to sleep?
As soon as he took on the role on December 17, he announced that due to his input, the socio-economic cabinet had agreed to invest in infrastructure projects throughout the country.
On the same day, he sent out another memo: "Naveh signed an instruction on reducing flour prices."
On December 18, he announced that Israel's economic attaches had a duty to explain the country's economic situation to the outside world. Later that same day, he informed the public of what he would say at the Outstanding Exporter Award ceremony.
On the 22nd, he held a getting-to-know-you meeting with the ministry staff, to which the media was invited. On the same day, he managed to inform the press what he said at the same meeting.
On the 23rd, he announced that he would be making life easier for new exporters. And another release on the same day: There is enough food for an emergency. Well, that calmed us down!
Also on the 23rd, the press received notice that Naveh would be awarding the Prime Minister's Prize for the Environment the day after next. On the 24th, he reminded the press that the ceremony was the next day. And on the 26th, he kindly informed the media what he had said at the award ceremony.
On December 25, he released information of a course he was opening for economic attaches. He announced on the same day that he had approved the expansion of the Aviv dairy in Netivot.
From December 26th: Naveh says that the Investment Center management is working as usual.
On the 27th: Naveh announces cooperation with the Italians.
On the 29th, Naveh says that in these times, every effort should be made to create new places of work. On the same day, he describes how he instructed the Investment Center to continue issuing tenders.
On the 30th: Naveh announces he will obstruct trade in blood diamonds (see, he is quite au fait with diamonds too). Also on the 30th: Naveh announces the activities of a start-up fund. The 30th again: Naveh visits Sogat - all reporters invited.
December 31st: Ministry prepares to combat any price rises due to emergency situation. Later that day, Naveh launches a portal for trade attaches.
January 1st: Naveh announces he is unifying all ministry forms. He also calls on the diamond industry to invest in new technology. (We have already said that he understands diamonds).
On January 5th: The government has approved my proposal to supervise prices in times of emergency.
This is what trickled out the ministry in just 30 days. Just imagine what flood would wash over us if he served a full term.
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