The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), responsible for the official statistics of Israel, has published an updated booklet on “Israel in Figures” which covers a brief summary of of data on broad range of topics related to Israeli demography, society and economy.
The data presented are updated to 2010, unless otherwise stated.
Israel and India have taken another step towards widening their bilateral cooperation in the field agriculture, as Jerusalem and New Delhi have announced launching the second phase of a three-year agriculture work plan.
The first phase of the plan was successfully implemented between 2008 and 2010 in Haryana, in northern India, and Maharashtra, in the country’s southwest, as part of New Delhi’s National Horticulture Mission (NHM).
“Good progress was achieved during implementation of action plan from January 2008 to December 2010.
“A number of technologies in horticulture mechanization, protected cultivation, orchard and canopy management, nursery management, micro-irrigation and PHM were achieved through visit of Israeli experts in Haryana and Maharashtra,” Jyotiraditya M. Scindia of India’s State for Commerce and Industry Ministry was quoted as saying by the Indian news agency.
“During the first phase of the plan, elite planting material and varieties of fruits and machinery was also imported from Israel. The experts from Israel trained the officers and farmers from these states during first phase of implementation and large number of officers were trained in Israel during this period,” Scindia added.
According to the report, both governments are planning to create a fund dedicated to future agricultural collaborations. Agriculture Minister Orit Noked confirmed that a fund is in the works, adding that each party will be contributing $25 million to it.
The second phase of the plan will see Israel and Indiawork on 20 agriculture and water-related projects by creating centers of excellence across India. The first center will be set up in Sirsa and will focus on fruit research.
Bilateral trade between India and Israel stood at $5.2 billion for 2010-2011 with exports at $3 billion and imports at $2.2 billion. According to the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute, India’s major exports to Israel include precious stones, metals, chemical products, textile and textile articles while imports comprise chemicals and mineral products, base metals, machinery and transport equipment.
British Water, MATIMOP ink landmark water agreement meant to facilitate cooperation on global water tenders; increase bilateral technologies’ access
The Israeli Center for Research and Development MATIMOP has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the UK’s water industry trade association British Water.
According to a report in Israel NewTech, the agreement aims to increase the British water market’s access to advanced Israeli technologies in the field, as well as facilitate British-Israeli cooperation on global water tenders.
MATIMOP’s Director of European Cooperations Israel Shamay called the deal an “exceptional achievement”: “The agreements of the Chief Scientist implemented by MATIMOP are usually facilitated by government agencies that fund R&D projects. In this case we’re talking about an agreement that was signed with the UK water supply chain association, an entity that proactively initiates projects in Britain, as well as provides solutions outside Britain, and that’s the difference,” he explains.
According to the report, the agreement was some time in the making, with the initial idea presented in 2009′s WATEC expo. Israel’s Economic Attaché in London Noah Shani and Oded Distel, who serves as head of the “Invest in Israel” program, were closely involved in negotiating the deal.
“We thought that the right way to implement the cooperation would be to outline a formal framework in which The Israeli Industry Center for R&D represents Israeli industry seeking cooperation, and British Water represents the supply chain to British water companies, which function regionally in the UK,” Shamay said.
“The British water industry has been privatized under Thatcher, and as private companies, they are always looking for ways to improve efficiency and be more competitive, where technology becomes a key facilitator,” he added.
The agreement will both advance Israeli technologies throughout the UK vis-à-vis water utilities, as well as leverage British contacts in third party countries in order to increase the cooperation between British and Israeli companies competing in international tenders.
“Efficient water technologies are needed around the world, not just in Britain and the assumption is that at least in some of the cases British companies have better access to these types of tenders then Israeli companies do. Therefore, another part of the cooperation defines submitting joint proposals together to international tenders,” Shamay said.
“The objective is always to create added business value for Israeli industry through our innovation and technology, and this agreement expands opportunities for Israel water industry,” he concludes.