President Rivlin Visits the AICC

Posted on: Sunday, 1 March 2020 at 10:09:58 AM

The AICC recently held a Business Lunch with His Excellency Reuven (“Ruvi”) Rivlin, President of Israel, hosted in Sydney.  The President was accompanied by a high-level business delegation headed by Israel Export Institute chairman Mr Adiv Baruch.

President Rivlin called his country “the home of innovation”.  Reinforcing the importance of Israel’s relationship to Australia, he shared examples of the technology impact of Israeli innovation within Australia. 

The President lauded Israeli–Australian ties based on shared values and history and a “striking similarity between our spirits”.

“Together we could form a bilateral community of innovation and creativity,” he said.

“We have so much to share with each other. We have so many fields to cooperate in, such as health, cyber, energy, aerospace and homeland security industries and more.”

“Our government-to-government relations are already strong, and I am sure that my meetings with the Governor-General, as well with leaders at federal and state levels, will allow us to explore further areas of cooperation.” President Rivlin said.

In a Parliamentary meeting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison noted “Australia and Israel have a long and respectful friendship. Our relationship is underpinned by our shared interest in democracy, open and outward-looking economies and strong historical people-to-people links.” 

New trade partnerships were formed as visiting Israeli business leaders showcased their technologies and networked with their Australian counterparts. 

Mr Baruch provided an impassioned address to the Chamber describing the approach Israel takes to developing global solutions to global problems.  He particularly emphasised that the Cyber war is growing and that business collaboration is needed more than ever. 

The Commissioner emphasised that bilateral trade between Australia and Israel has been at a stagnant level in recent years and put out a call to action for renewed activity within the energy, water, agritech and food and hi-tech sectors. 

“With trade currently at $700 to $750 million annually between the two countries, $2 billion should be the “fundamental minimum”.

Some of the inbound Israeli trade delegates already have ASX listings and an active presence in the Western Australian market.  With a particular focus on water purification, agritech and drone technology, these businesses are actively seeking new supply opportunities.  Please contact Mr John Cluer, Chief Executive, on perth@aicc.org.au for further information.

 

 

Photo from left: ECAJ President & Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce NSW chair Mrs Jillian Segal, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, NSW Governor Hon Margaret Beazley and Israeli Ambassador to Australia  His Excellency Mark Sofer.


 

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