Israel wants to do IT with India

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 20 January 2004, 08:00 Hrs
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MUMBAI: The Israelis, too, seem to have acknowledged the Indian government’s claim of ‘India Shining’. Uri Olenik, director general of Israel ’s ministry of communications, was in the country recently to sign on Indian techies to work for an ambitious IT incubation programme in Israel .

Mr Olenik said the project had nurtured some of the most successful technology companies in Israel , many of which are listed on Nasdaq. “It fits in with the aims of the Indian IT sector. It can help you create a new Checkpoint (an Israeli company which is number one globally in Internet security),’’ he said.

He said high-end software collaboration between the two nations would be strengthened by Amos 3, an Israeli satellite slated for launch soon that will focus on India . “I‘ve just come from Hyderabad and some of the IT projects I saw there were very advanced. Israel is more advanced than India in IT, but in the field of software, there is a lot of scope for more collaborations,’’ Mr Olenik said.

The bureaucrat’s business sense was evident from his remarks about his visits to a few Indian firms, especially mobile phone operators. Mr Olenik said he expected significant Indian participation in the ‘Telecom Israel ’ fair later this year. He declined to comment on Indo-Israeli defenceties.

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