Israel to help India conserve water, clean up Ganga
Jerusalem: PM Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu have “visualised” that the two countries would become close partners in development, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, defence and security, foreign secretary S Jaishankar told reporters here on Wednesday.
“It is in this context that we felt it was important to have a separately designated strategic partnership on agriculture and water,” Jaishankar said. A joint statement said the cooperation would focus on water conservation, waste water treatment and its reuse for agriculture, desalination, water utility reforms and cleaning of the Ganga. Similar alliance in post-harvest technical knowhow and market linkages will be seen in agriculture sector. Jaishankar said this partnership would feed into India’s goal of doubling farm income.
“India admires the success of your people in overcoming adversity to advance, innovate and flourish against all odds,” Modi said. Defence and security found sufficient emphasis — the statement reflected a new paradigm in stating the countries “agreed that future developments in this sphere should focus on joint development of defence products, including transfer of technology from Israel” encompassing not only “Make in India” but a new concept of ‘Make with India’.
The business and economic relationship will get fresh energy on Thursday when both sides sit down for the first CEOs forum, with 16 companies on either side, where water, pharma and defence industries will find pre-eminence. There will also be a presentation on start-up opportunities.
The Modi-Netanyahu meeting focused on defence and security, counter-terror and global and regional security assessments. The Indian side briefed the Israelis about the regulatory changes in India, as well as security challenges . India and Israel will also explore cooperating in third countries, particularly in Africa, Netanyahu said. There is a plan to increase the number of Indian students in Israel — already India is the source of the largest number of post-doctoral students. Jaishankar hinted at the possibility of more civilian flights between India and Israel. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources of Israel sign MoU on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India UP Jal Nigam, Government of Uttar Pradesh and Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources of Israel sign pact on state water utility reform in India India-Israel development cooperation — threeyear work programme in agriculture (2018-2020) Plan of cooperation between Isro and Israel Space Agency (ISA) for cooperation in atomic clocks MoU between Isro and Israel Space Agency regarding cooperation in GEO-LEO optical link Isro and ISA sign pact on cooperation in electric propulsion for small satellites