July 5, 2018 — Jerusalem, Israel
AJC Project Interchange and AJC’s Africa Institute are hosting a delegation in Israel of 10 African business leaders who specialize in renewable energy and agriculture for a week of collaboration and knowledge sharing with their Israeli counterparts. Highly accomplished CEOs and entrepreneurs from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe comprise the delegation, the fourth group of African leaders that has visited Israel with AJC Project Interchange.
“We are delighted to host such a distinguished business delegation in Israel, and to facilitate introductions to counterparts in fields that symbolize the potential for enhanced engagement between Africa and Israel” said Eliseo Neuman, Director of AJC’s Africa Institute, who is accompanying the delegation in Israel. “We thank the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce in Tel Aviv for its advice in designing the program and granting us access to its impressive membership.”
While Africa is rich in natural resources, there are important bilateral benefits to be realized through expanded exchange of agricultural and other technologies between Israel and Africa. Since Israel’s founding, the country’s agricultural sector has maintained high yields despite severe and chronic water shortages, and Israel is now sharing its water technology expertise with countries around the world. For years, Africa has made remarkable advances through the integration of such Israeli agricultural expertise and technology.
This delegation is providing participants with opportunities to collaborate with Israeli counterparts, as well as learn about Israel’s accumulated experience and technological advances. Sessions with a diverse line-up of speakers, including government officials and civil society leaders, focus on Israel as the Start-Up Nation, Israeli history, politics, society, and regional dynamics. Visits to historical and religious sites such as Yad Vashem and the Old City of Jerusalem are an important complement to their agenda.
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AJC Project Interchange: For over 35 years, Project Interchange, a nonprofit educational institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee) has brought over 6,000 influential figures to Israel from 110 countries and all 50 U.S. states, offering them broad exposure and first-hand understanding of the complex issues facing Israel and the region. projectinterchange.org.