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New Industrial Plants Planned for Beersheba, Minister Reports

Eight industrial plants which will provide jobs for 1,000 workers are in the advanced planning stage for commerce and industry in Beersheeba, Haim Zadok, Minister of Commerce and Industry, reported today in Beersheba.

He said that the new enterprises are in the fields of textiles, printing, furniture and metalwork. Mr. Zadok, who participated in a meeting of the Beersheba Municipal Council, said his Ministry would judge any projected enterprise on its merits, and not give preference to enterprises sponsored by Histadrut, Israel’s labor federation.

A school for watch making in Jerusalem with teachers and technical material to be provided by Switzerland will be started soon. Jean de Stoutz, the Swiss Ambassador to Israel, disclosed today. Location of the school and the construction will be handled by the Israel Labor Ministry. Graduates of the proposed three-year course will be given diplomas as qualified watchmakers.