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Philippine agri-training institute receives development grant E-mail

Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau presented Wilfredo Tiu with a MASHAV development grant of around US$10,000 for the upgrading of the Sogbohan AgriTraining Institute (SATI) in the Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte province, the Philippines.

The development grant is a special project of MASHAV, Israel’s agency for international development co-operation, with the main objective of helping MASHAV course graduates to further develop their existing ideas to a level of sustainability and maturity on an economic basis.

Tiu is a graduate of a MASHAV course on intensive vegetable production that took place in Israel in 2011. Upon his return to the Philippines, he envisioned a special project catering to the farmers and fishermen in the Dinagat Islands and other nearby areas.

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Heads of Israeli embassies in Asia-Pacific region meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu E-mail

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Heads of Israeli Missions in the Asia-Pacific region at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on 6 March.

“The largest markets are in Asia. I want this to find expression in the expansion of Israel’s ties with India and China. I have agreed with Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem to set up two new divisions in the ministry: The China Division and the India Division. This shows the continuing importance that we place on these two major powers,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu in his address to the delegation.

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Japan business conference to attract Israel investment E-mail

Two major business conferences were held in March in Japan by the Economy Ministry’s Foreign Investments and Industrial Cooperation Authority, along with Industry and the Economic Trade Mission in Japan.

The conferences, held in Osaka and Tokyo, focused on investment opportunities that can enhance areas of advanced manufacturing and life sciences in Israel. They were held in cooperation with Nikkei Business, a leading business magazine in Japan, and hosted senior officials from Japanese industry.

Japan is an important trading partner for Israel – Israeli exports to Japan reached about US$770 million in 2015, while imports from Japan were about US$1.3 billion for the year. According to Ohad Cohen, Head of the Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Economy and Industry, life sciences is a key sector for Japan’s economy. Japanese families have an average of 1.4 children per family, making for a negative birth rate, as well as one of the highest life-expectancy rates in the world. As a result, the population is aging rapidly, and the government has embarked on an ambitious campaign to increase investments in the healthcare sector.

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2017 UIA Dinner in Hong Kong E-mail

On 8 March, The United Israel Appeal (UIA) of Hong Kong held its Annual Dinner at the local Jewish Community Centre. Close to 200 guests attended.

Director of Keren HayesodUIA Israel, Irit Barash graced the occasion with her presence and giving a short address and reciting the prayer for the wellbeing of the State of Israel.

This year’s acclaimed guest speaker, Hillel Neuer, the highly influential Canadian diplomat, international lawyer, writer and advocate of human rights gave an inspiring address. Neuer is also the Executive Director of UN Watch, which was established to ensure that the UN is acting on its own principles. A widely known advocate of Israel, Neuer has presented these views in testimonies before the UN and US Congress. It has been said that Neuer is “helping to shape history”, and as such has been recognised by the city of Chicago for his role “as one of the world’s more foremost human rights advocates” with a “Hillel Neuer Day”.

During his speech, Neuer discussed the turmoil that ensues when there is a confrontation at the UN about matters relating to Israel, as well as the great and seemingly constant state of hostility towards himself and his actions for the country.

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Asian countries well represented at IMTM tourism event E-mail

Representatives from well over 50 countries attended the International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) in Tel Aviv, which ran from 7 to 9 February.

IMTM is the largest annual professional tourism fair of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean, and around 25,000 tourism and travel executives attended. It serves to promote inbound, domestic and outbound tourism, as well as to strengthen co-operation among tourism bodies in Israel and elsewhere in the world.

Dozens of ministers and senior officials from around the world attended. Among those were tourism ministers from Turkey, the Philippines, Kenya, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Ethiopia.

A special tourism promotion programme was organised by the Embassy of Nepal in Israel, in a joint collaboration with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on 6 February. The programme was intended to bring together travel and tour operators from Nepal which can promote Nepal amongst Israeli travellers. The programme was inaugurated by former ambassadors of Israel to Nepal Dan Ben-Eliezer and Hanan Godar, and acting ambassador of the Embassy of Nepal in Israel, Rameswor Poudel.

First Israeli mountaineer to climb Mount Annapurna 1 and Honorary Public Relations Representative of NTB, Nadav Ben Yehuda made a visual presentation about his journey of climbing Mount Annapurna 1 along with his future plans of working in collaboration with his Nepalese partners to reach out to more Israeli people. Senior officer at Nepal Tourism Board, Surya Thapaliya said that Nepal is undoubtedly a very beautiful country to visit and its people are even more special.

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