India hopes to sign three large agreements on water, energy and
education, during Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s state visit to
Israel. The visit, scheduled for later in October, would be the first of
its kind by an Indian head of the state.
Talking to Indian news
agency PTI, Israel’s envoy to India Ambassador Daniel Carmon said,
“[India and Israel] are working together in the field of defence and
agriculture and looking at ways to widen the partnerships in fields such
as water, energy and education.”
Ever since India established
diplomatic relations with Jewish State in January 1992, bilateral
cooperation between the two countries has increased substantially. Since
early 1990s, trade between India and Israel has risen from the base of
200 million to over $5 billion in 2014-15.
have made long-term investments to the tune of hundreds of millions in
Israeli start-up eco-system. Indian technology firms, operating in a
competitive global market, see Israel as the destination for world class
talent and for acquiring cutting-edge innovation.
Israeli institutions of higher education like IDC Herzliya and Tel Aviv
University have tied up with leading Indian universities and research
institutions to create exchange programs and joint research projects.
Flagship programs like the ones offered by Israel-Asia Centre and Tel
Aviv University are training the next generation of Indian corporate and
technology leaders, with special focus on women entrepreneurship.
the recent renewal of the bilateral agriculture agreement, Israel has
now made India its biggest partner in the field of agriculture. Israel’s
international development agency MASHAV already operates 26 agriculture
technology centres in 9 states across India that act as platforms for
technology transfer to the Indian farmers–aimed at increasing
agriculture productivity and improving the quality of farm yield.
lot needs to be done to make up for the ‘lost decades’ of missed
opportunities in diplomacy and commerce. However, In past 17 months
under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has signalled its desire to
treat Israel as a valued partner. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s
visit to Israel later this month would cement India’s commitment to
further strengthen and expand India-Israel relations.
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