December 17, 2018

NRW Premier Laschet on bilateral visit to Israel

Minister Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, Premier Armin Laschet, President Reuven Rivlin, State Secretary Mark Speich – Picture by Land NRW, R.

4-6 September 2018, Tel Aviv, State of Israel: As a sign of friendship in the framework of the 70th jubilee of Israeli statehood, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Premier Armin Laschet travelled to the Middle Eastern country accompanied by Minister of Federal, European and Internaltional Affairs of NRW,  Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, State Secretary Mark Speich and Assembly Speaker André Kuper.

Premier Armin Laschet and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Picture by Land NRW, Ralph Sondermann.

Premier Laschet held top level conversations with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Opposition leader Tzipi Livni. Naturally the delegation took the opportunity to pay their respects at Yad Vashem Memorial, and accordingly laid a wreath therein.
Concretely NRW wishes to focus on the following goals vis-à-vis Israel:
Opening a state representation: the State Government intends to open it in Tel Aviv to liaise between NRW and Israel in matters of trade, politics, educational and scientific research, cultural affairs, etc.
Scientific research: after Silicon Valley, Tel Avis is deemed as the most innovative hub for start-ups. NRW wishes further exchanges in the research of future technologies such as artificial intelligence, or big data usages for the medical branch.

Economy: Since 2017 NRW Government subsidises the New-Kibbutz programme that finances apprentice ships for students in Israel in companies working with high-tech, that is, IT, life sciences and social impact. North Rhine-Westphalia and the German-Israeli Chamber of Commerce signed an agreement to further intensify the economical relations between NRW and Israel.

Security: of particular relevance are exchanges between Israel and NRW in the prevention of religious fanaticism as well as technologies developed in Israel to enhance state and social security in the prevention of any social threats.
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