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Building bridges to Africa

A delegation of academics, businesspeople and policymakers, led by the president of TAU, will set up an Africa-Israel Forum

Following the success of the India-Israel Forum, founded by Tel Aviv University and successfully operating for a decade, and the China-Israel Innovation Forum, a delegation of 20 academics, businesspeople and policy makers set out to Africa to establish the Africa-Israel Forum, focused on agricultural tech, food security and innovation.

The Israeli delegation, headed by Prof. Joseph Klafter, President of Tel Aviv University, will hold meetings in Nigeria under the auspices of Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Brenthurst Foundation, which will include sessions and discussions on hot topics like how to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, the future of advanced agriculture, digital agriculture and the construction of an innovative agricultural “bridge” between Israel and Africa.

Innovation, entrepreneurship and advanced agriculture

The Africa-Israel Forum will focus on areas in which Israel can contribute to Africa’s development and growth, including agri-tech, food security and innovation. Prominent researchers at TAU, along with leading Israeli entrepreneurs, will join senior statesmen and government officials from Nigeria, Senegal, Malawi and Liberia.

Among the members of the Israeli delegation are Eitan Stiva, Chairman of Vital Capital, Dr. Uri Yirmiyahu of the Volcani Center, Daniel Pinhasi, former Ambassador of Israel to Senegal, Shawn Moskowitz of Netafim, Shavit Dahan of Rivulis Irrigation, Sandy Eyal of Quantum Energy, Avi Luvton and Hilly Hirt of the Israel Innovation Authority And Prof. Raanan Rein, Vice President of Tel Aviv University, the top TAU official for international relations.

The meeting to jumpstart the forum was held last year at Tel Aviv University, with the support of Vital Capital and the Stanley and Marion Bergman Foundation, in cooperation with the Volcani Center and the AJC Africa Institute.

The President of Tel Aviv University, Professor Joseph Klafter, noted that “TAU has an international reputation in the fields of research, teaching, relationships with entrepreneurs and businesspeople. In addition to our strong ties to institutions and companies in the United States and Europe, we’ve developed significant relationships with India and China. Strengthening ties with Africa is important in establishing the international relations that Tel Aviv University strives for, and I have no doubt that this will also contribute greatly to Israel’s status in Africa.”

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