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Israeli delegation fosters tech, innovation ties in Indonesia

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11.08.2022

An Israeli delegation of tech professionals, investors, and trade officials recently returned from a trip to Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, to foster connections through technology ventures, social impact initiatives, and investments.

Israel and Indonesia do not have official diplomatic relations. The trip was put together by the Israel-Asia Center, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2009 and based in Jerusalem that brings together young leaders and entrepreneurs from Israel and across Asia looking to build a shared future.

The visit came nearly two years after the Israel-Asia Center launched the Israel-Indonesia Futures program, an online initiative through which emerging Israeli and Indonesian young leaders learn about each others’ cultures and economies, and address joint challenges in sectors such as healthcare, food security, and education.

Some 100 Israelis and Indonesians take part in the annual program including participants, speakers, facilitators, advisors, and program partners such as Start-Up Nation Central. The initiative includes an annual challenge where participants devise solutions to a given issue and put together a proposed business plan to carry it out. This year’s challenge asked participants to come up with a digital solution that could reach social entrepreneurs outside Indonesia’s city centers and enable them to access business development resources.

While Israel and Indonesia do not have official ties, there is still “tremendous untapped potential” for cooperation between Israelis and Indonesians in spheres like fintech, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, mobility, agriculture tech (agritech) and water technologies, said Israel-Asia Center Founder and Executive Director Rebecca Zeffert.

“The online program is an opportunity for participants from both sides to dip........

© The Times of Israel


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