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Sun Pharma chairman calls for more Indo-Israel collaboration
India and Israel need to find a way to create more meeting places where ideas can be exchanged and collaborations forged: Mr. Israel Makov

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The Israeli government is trying to create such opportunities across the world so that can tap the knowledge the country has to offer and can look at opportunities here, Sun Pharmaceuticals chairman Mr. Israel Makov has said. 



"India and Israel need to find a way to create more meeting places where ideas can be exchanged and collaborations forged for greater cooperation between the two countries," Mr. Makov said while addressing an Indo-Israel Innovation Colloquium organised by here. 



Mr. Makov is the first Israeli chairperson of a major Indian company and is among the Western Asian country's most respected corporate leaders.



"There are opportunities for both sides. Israeli firms are small and in India they can learn how to operate on a large scale. Indian companies can come to Israel and gain the knowledge and expertise that Israeli firms have. Israeli companies are more innovative," he said. 


Also present at the event, Bharti Enterprises Managing Director Mr. Manoj Kohli said Israel holds a unique place in the world. 



"They live in crisis all the time, they have fantastic courage, and have the bent of mind to innovate," he said. 



India-Israel Forum Co-Chair and Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing CMD Mr. Jamshyd Godrej said the India-Israel Forum had led to huge interest of Israelis in India, and of Indians in Israel. 



He said the two countries already share deep ties in the areas of agriculture, defence, and information technology. 



"There is also great interest in the area of solar energy that our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been talking about," he added. 



The Israeli Consul General in Mumbai, Mr. David Akov, said, "India and Israel are open societies and democracies which add to the chaos, but which also make for dynamic societies." 



Pointing out that IIT-Bombay and Tel Aviv University had established an undergraduate exchange programme, S Ramadorai, Co-Chair of the Colloquium, said, "Indian firms are moving up the value chain and should tap vibrant innovation ecosystem of Israel.


Source: Business Standard




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