Today, Israel’s Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis lands in India for a four-day visit aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of science and technology. Minister Akunis is accompanied by a high-profile delegation comprised of several senior Knesset members and government officials, including the head of Israel Space Agency, Avi Blasberger. The ministerial visit comes less than a month after Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited the South Asian country.
Cooperation in technology and innovation has come a long way since both countries established full diplomatic ties nearly 25 years ago. In 2008, Indian space agency ISRO launched Israeli reconnaissance satellite TechSAR aboard its satellite launching vehicle (PSLV). A missile defense system (Barak 8) jointly developed by India’s defense research agency (DRDO) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has already been successfully tested.
The Indian private sector is linking up with Israeli partners as well. Last year, Indian pharmaceutical maker Sun Pharma teamed up with researchers from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to develop cancer therapy capable of suppressing the growth and development of tumours. A bi-national initiative is bringing together hundreds of Israeli and Indian start-ups to create innovative and affordable healthcare solutions for a one-billion-strong Indian market.
“Deepening the relations between India and Israel are a critical strategic goal for both countries,” said Minister Akunis before embarking for India. “I am visiting India, a true friend of Israel to broaden the scientific and technological cooperation between our countries. India and Israel are at the forefront of technology worldwide and we will continue to ensure they remain so.”
Embassy of Israel in New Delhi issued a…