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State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Parízek: “Israel is an inspiring country for applying technologies and innovations”

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Parízek: “Israel is an inspiring country for applying technologies and innovations”

6.9.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov | Ekonomické správy | Prezentácia Slovenska v zahraničí |

The official visit of State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Lukáš Parízek attests to the dynamics of Slovak-Israeli relations in political, scientific and economic area. The Slovak delegation featured representatives of the academic and scientific community, Slovak Business Agency and the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency state agencies, as well as businessmen.
 

The last day of the three-day visit was focused on economic diplomacy, as Israel belongs among the top 10 innovative states in the world (Bloomberg Innovation Index). It has the highest concentration of researchers per capita, and it is number two in the world as for the share of research and development per GDP and the 18th in patent activities. Intel, Apple and Facebook have their research and development centers in the country. After the USA and China, Israel has the most companies in the NASDAQ e-market. Tel Aviv ranks second among the most innovative cities in the world, Haifa is a global hub in terms of cyber security. There is also the highest concentration of science and research institutions in Israel. 
 

I met extraordinary and creative people who transform ideas into business success. I´m proud that I could present Slovakia’s successes in IT security and software development in this community,” said Parízek. Joining our strong capacities in the automotive industry and the innovation potential of both countries can move us to a higher qualitative level. 
 

The “We-get-together in WeWork” networking meeting was an opportunity for the Slovak delegation to meet with members of the newly-founded Slovak-Israeli Scientific and Innovation Society (SKILL), as well as representatives of the Israel business and start-up community. During the event, the agreements between Tel Aviv University and Technical University of Košice and Pavol Jozef Šafárik University were signed.  
 

At the Good Idea Slovakia business forum held on Wednesday (6 September), the opportunity of mutual cooperation in various areas was presented. The Forum was opened by Parízek, and addresses were given by representatives of Technical University in Košice, University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik in Košice, Slovak Business Agency, Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency, and the science and technology park IT Valley Košice. After the official part of the forum, negotiations in technology, IT, security, medical research and tourism are scheduled.
 

The visit paid by Parízek and his delegation is related to the DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival, the largest innovation and start-up gathering in Israel, where representatives from the Israel business and start-up community meet with representatives of the Slovak trade and science sphere.