Urging Israeli companies to take part in cleaning up China’s ecosystem, Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to collaborate on environmental technologies.
Alongside his Chinese counterpart Chen Jining, Elkin signed an agreement that calls for knowledge exchanges between both the two ministries, mutual visits and the integration of Israeli innovation into Chinese environmental programmes.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
The memorandum was among a series of agreements signed that morning at the Third Meeting of the China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation, in the presence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong.
“The issue of environmental protection has become very important among China’s priorities,” Elkin said.
“Cooperation can open up a rare window of opportunity for Israeli companies in the field of environmental technologies in China’s internal market, whose importance and scope is impossible to overstate. It is our job as a government to help the private sector and not miss this opportunity.”
The two ministers also discussed the New Silk Road initiative, an economic strategy launched by China to foster cooperation among countries located between China and Europe. Because about $1 trillion is expected to be invested in the initiative in the next decade, many opportunities exist for Israeli clean-tech companies to take part in projects shared by Israel, China and other countries along the Silk Road.