AJC Project Interchange Brings African Business Leaders to Israel

March 14th, 2016

Project Interchange U.S.: Myra Clark-Siegel, clarksiegelm@projectinterchange.org
Project Interchange Israel: Avital Leibovich, leibovicha@ajc.org

AJC Project Interchange Brings African Business Leaders to Israel
Business leaders focused on agricultural technology and renewable energy will meet with Israeli counterparts for collaboration opportunities

March 14, 2016 – (Jerusalem, Israel) –AJC Project Interchange is hosting a delegation of 12 African business leaders in Israel who specialize in renewable energy and agriculture for a week of collaboration and knowledge sharing with their Israeli counterparts. Members of the delegation include highly accomplished CEOs and entrepreneurs from Ethiopia, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. This seminar is being conducted in coordination with AJC’s Africa Institute and marks Project Interchange’s fourth delegation of African leaders to Israel.

While Africa is rich in natural resources, there are important bilateral benefits to be realized through expanded exchange of agricultural and other technologies between Israel and Africa. Since Israel’s founding, the country’s agricultural sector has maintained high yields despite severe and chronic water shortages, and Israel is now sharing its water technology expertise with countries around the world. For years, Africa has made remarkable advances through the integration of such Israeli agricultural expertise and technology.

“We are delighted to host such a distinguished business delegation in Israel, and to facilitate introductions to counterparts in two fields that symbolize the potential for enhanced engagement between Africa and Israel: agriculture and renewable energy,” said Eliseo Neuman, Director of AJC’s Africa Institute, who is accompanying the delegation in Israel. “We thank the Africa-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Tel Aviv for its advice in designing the program and granting us access to its impressive membership.”

This seminar will provide participants with opportunities to collaborate with Israeli counterparts, as well as learn about Israel’s accumulated experience and technological advances. Sessions with a diverse line-up of speakers, including government officials and civil society leaders, will also focus on Israel as the Start-Up Nation, Israeli history, politics, society, and regional dynamics. Visits to historical and religious sites such as Yad Vashem and the Old City of Jerusalem, will allow for an important complement to their agenda.

AJC’s Project Interchange
For nearly 35 years, Project Interchange, a nonprofit educational institute of AJC (American Jewish Committee) has brought over 6,000 influential figures to Israel from 89 countries and all 50 U.S. states, offering them broad exposure and firsthand understanding of the complex issues facing Israel and the region. For more, visit projectinterchange.org.