May 2017 \ Business & Investment \ Indo-Israel Relations
PM Reaches Out To Israel

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to visit Israel in July 2017, it is worthwhile recalling the major points he made when Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was in India in November 2016

Our engagement is multi-dimensional and wide-ranging. We are partnering in:

•    enhancing agricultural productivity and efficiency;

•    boosting research and innovation linkages;

•    employing applications of science and technology for the benefit of our societies;

•    forging strong trade links and investment ties;

•    building defence ties to secure our people; and

•    enhancing people to people ties through greater cultural and tourism linkages.

•    promoting educational exchanges. The growing number of Indian students, going to study in Israel and vice versa can be an important bridge in our bilateral partnership.

President Rivlin and I agreed that there are several strong areas of ongoing cooperation between our countries. We are familiar with Israel’s advances in agriculture, and its expertise in micro-irrigation in drought-prone areas and water management. We have identified water management and conservation, and collaboration in scientific research and development as two areas of priority engagement. We both agreed that the current trajectory of the Indian economy opens up many promising opportunities for Israeli companies. Our economic initiatives and programmes, and emphasis on innovation, research and technological development match well with Israel’s strengths and capacities. Israeli companies can scale up their tie-ups with our flagship schemes of Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, and Smart Cities. I would encourage the private sector stakeholders on both sides to take lead in utilizing this perfect opportunity to build business ties of commerce and investment between our two countries in these areas.

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