SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Two Israeli lawyers who met while working at the State Comptroller’s office have launched a digital platform that will pool information on all climate-related developments and opportunities of interest to the business communities of the Middle East and Africa.

Climatech MEA aims to promote regional cross-border and cross-sector collaborations involving governments, academia, NGOs, climate tech companies, businesses and corporations, investors, professional organizations, women and young entrepreneurs. The focus will be on energy, water and food security.

The content will feature everything from news, insights and research to information about projects, tenders, competitions, events and funding opportunities. It will also match service providers such as lawyers and accountants with companies and projects.

Sagi Einav said that after 15 years in the State Comptroller’s office he wanted to move from being an analyst to an actor in the field of climate, and realized that the best way to connect people was through opportunities that are economically worth their while.

The COVID-19 pandemic had put people in touch by computer. “You don’t need to travel anymore, and you don’t need to report on who you meet on Zoom,” Einav added. “You might not be able to shake hands online, but you can look the other person in the eye via Zoom.”

Partner Shiri Milo Locker, who helped build the environment unit at the State Comptroller’s office, said, “A key part of doing business in the Arab world is to build trust with those you’re going to do business with. It’s a way to create trust and personal relationships and even friendships.”

She went on: “We are at a rare moment of opportunity, with the coronavirus, the climate crisis, the regional economic crisis, and the windows opened by the Abraham accords (normalization agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco) and the Cypriot-lead regional climate action plan. The constellation is there for working together.”

Among the partners signed up so far is UNIDO, the United Nations agency charged with promoting and accelerating sustainable industrial and economic development.

The free-to-use site, up for just a month and currently in English, will be translated into Arabic and Hebrew. Its two founders are still discussing the best financial model.

I joined The Times of Israel after many years covering US and Israeli politics for Israeli news outlets.

I believe responsible coverage of Israeli politicians means presenting a 360 degree view of their words and deeds – not only conveying what occurs, but also what that means in the broader context of Israeli society and the region.

That’s hard to do because you can rarely take politicians at face value – you must go the extra mile to present full context and try to overcome your own biases.

I’m proud of our work that tells the story of Israeli politics straight and comprehensively. I believe Israel is stronger and more democratic when professional journalists do that tough job well.

Your support for our work by joining The Times of Israel Community helps ensure we can continue to do so.

Thank you,
Tal Schneider, Political Correspondent

We’re really pleased that you’ve read X Times of Israel articles in the past month.

That’s why we started the Times of Israel ten years ago - to provide discerning readers like you with must-read coverage of Israel and the Jewish world.

So now we have a request. Unlike other news outlets, we haven’t put up a paywall. But as the journalism we do is costly, we invite readers for whom The Times of Israel has become important to help support our work by joining The Times of Israel Community.

For as little as $6 a month you can help support our quality journalism while enjoying The Times of Israel AD-FREE, as well as accessing exclusive content available only to Times of Israel Community members.

Thank you,
David Horovitz, Founding Editor of The Times of Israel

QOSHE - New digital platform seeks to connect region’s business with climate opportunities - Sue Surkes
We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

New digital platform seeks to connect region’s business with climate opportunities

15 5 1
12.11.2022

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Two Israeli lawyers who met while working at the State Comptroller’s office have launched a digital platform that will pool information on all climate-related developments and opportunities of interest to the business communities of the Middle East and Africa.

Climatech MEA aims to promote regional cross-border and cross-sector collaborations involving governments, academia, NGOs, climate tech companies, businesses and corporations, investors, professional organizations, women and young entrepreneurs. The focus will be on energy, water and food security.

The content will feature everything from news, insights and research to information about projects, tenders, competitions, events and funding opportunities. It will also match service providers such as lawyers and accountants with companies and projects.

Sagi Einav said that after 15 years in the State Comptroller’s office he wanted to move from being an analyst to an actor in the field of climate, and realized that the best way to........

© The Times of Israel


Get it on Google Play