Business / Industry Sectors
Israel wants to invest in Goa
11/12/2015
Israel's ambassador Daniel Carmon and consul general David Akov met with chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar; deputy chief minister Francis D'Souza; forest, environment and panchayats minister Rajendra Arlekar; and other ministers

Israel has expressed a keen interest in partnering and investing in Goa, especially in the field of eco-tourism, agriculture, water management and business and with this in mind, Israel's ambassador Daniel Carmon and consul general David Akov met with chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar; deputy chief minister Francis D'Souza; forest, environment and panchayats minister Rajendra Arlekar; and other ministers.

"We see it as our mandate, as our job to make things happen. This is the main reason for our visit here. We had a very candid, open and friendly conversations on what we could do and in what fields could we do more. This is why we are here," Carmon said, while speaking to the media on Wednesday afternoon.

During the discussion, Carmon proposed sharing of technology, best practices and government-to-government tie-ups in the field of eco-tourism. "We identified that the delicate balance between environment and development is a critical issue for both the countries. The minister (Arlekar) was very interested," Carmon said.

Confirming the developments, Arlekar said that the discussions were still in a nascent stage and Israel was keen in investing in Goa in the tourism and agriculture sector. Speaking in the context of Indo-Israel relations, Carmon said that India's and Israel's relationship was based on a lot of common values; democracy; challenges like food security; water scarceness; and joint interests and that unlike a decade ago when ties were discrete, the strong bond with India was much more visible.

"The sectors in which we can be more effective is defence, agriculture, water management, energy, urban and rural development, desalination. All these are areas that Israel has mastered over the years because of necessity," Carmon said.

Though India was the largest buyer of military equipment from Israel, Carmon took pains to state that it would be a mistake to characterize the defence relationship between India and Israel as 'buy and sell' only.

"The beauty of the relationship, the importance of the relationship the friendship, the cooperation and the confidence," Carmon said.

Carmon and Akov visited the naval war college at INS Mandovi which symbolized the strong bond that exists between the two countries.

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