The President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, encouraged Spanish entrepreneurs to invest in the country, cooperate in joint projects and access third markets, during a business meeting held at the CEOE headquarters. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Dastis, also spoke at the meeting; the president of CEOE, Juan Rosell; the Secretary of State of Commerce, Marisa Poncela; the general director of the Chamber of Spain, Inmaculada Riera; the chairman of the Manufacturer’s Association of Israel-MAI and president of the Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations, Shraga Brosh; his counterpart in The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute, Ramzi Gabbay; the general director of Institutional Cooperation and Coordination of ICEX, María Peña; the director of the Economic-Commercial Mission in the Embassy of Israel in Spain of the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, Liat Shaham; and the top representatives of the main companies of both countries; were among other personalities.
President Rivlin, assured, about 300 businessmen, that his country is a world leader in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, and proof of this is the Yozma program promoted and co-financed by the Israeli government for promote the creation of startups, very similar to FOND-ICO Global in Spain. He also pointed out that his country already collaborates with Spanish companies on projects of great interest such as the high-speed train between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv or the Eureka Program for the development of cutting-edge technology.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Dastis, highlighted the great economic transformation of Spain and Israel in the last forty years and assured that both countries trust and promote technological development and renewable energies, in order to achieve an energy mix.
Renewal of the MOU between CEOE and MAI
The president of CEOE, Juan Rosell, highlighted the renewal of the memorandum of understanding between CEOE and the Manufacturer’s Association of Israel-MAI, signed in 1993, and renewed before the meeting between the presidents of both organizations, with the aim of reinforcing business relations and cooperate in areas of common interest. He also referred to the support for innovation and the drive to digitalize the society and economy, which is essential to ensure the future prosperity and well-being of the country.
He assured that there are three basic pillars of any modern economy – education, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as the involvement of public administration and productive sectors to place Spain in a leading position in global digitalization. In this regard, he stressed that Israel is a country that has managed to modernize its production model, through its specialization in industries with high added value and the creation of one of the best ecosystems for start-ups in the world.
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