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1st Meeting of the China-Israel Innovation Committee - New Initiatives Launched

A Cooperative Effort between the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology:

CHINA-ISRAEL CHANGZHOU INNOVATION PARK TO BE ESTABLISHED. WILL OFFER ISRAELI FIRMS INCENTIVES FACILITATING ENTRY INTO CHINESE MARKET

In addition, a new China-Israel Innovation Center and Website Will Serve as Platform for Israeli Companies Seeking Collaboration in China, with Information on Intellectual Property, Joint Events, Programs Supporting Joint R&D, Support for Product Adaptation, Features of the Innovation Park and Other Future Initiatives

Beijing, China. January 29th, 2015 – A three-year agreement between Israel and China was signed overnight at the first meeting of the  China-Israel Innovation Committee, a new initiative established in May 2014 to strengthen cooperation between Israel and China in a number of fields related to innovation. The agreement provides an umbrella framework for the various joint initiatives of Israeli government ministries and their Chinese counterparts.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson, head of the Israeli Council for Higher Education Hagit Messer-Yaron, Israeli Ambassador to China Matan Vilnai, Israeli Ministry of Science Director-General Ido Sharir, and Program Manager of the Asia-Pacific Desk at MATIMOP Merav Tapiero were in attendance at the event, which took place at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, the official residence for guests of the Chinese president.

Among the many initiatives being pursued in cooperation with the Chief Scientist’s Office to strengthen innovation ties between the two countries, the China-Israel Changzhou Innovation Park, which is scheduled to open this year, will include a 4,000 SqM. building where Israeli companies will be able to enjoy various facilities (offices, manufacturing space, laboratories, workspaces), and will also supply Israeli companies with a range of services, including assistance in hiring high-quality local labor, grants and subsidies for equipment, attractive loans and more.

Companies can apply for space at the park by submitting a request to MATIMOP, the executive arm of the Office of the Chief Scientist in the Israeli Ministry of Economy. Requests will be approved based on a professional assessment. Following approval, the company will be able to negotiate with park management in the framework of pre-agreed conditions.

Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang remarked on the fruitful R&D agreements that Israel and China enjoy on the federal, regional, provincial and municipal levels, saying that they allow for cooperation on innovative research on various levels. Wan noted that many initiatives that were announced at the event were the product of intensive efforts by the Israeli Ministry of Economy and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. He stressed the importance of increasing cooperation on issues of intellectual property and said that the Chinese government was taking steps regarding this issue. According to Wan, Israeli industry and innovation are highly regarded in China and Israeli companies should be allowed to enjoy a top -level working environment. He added that the China-Israel Changzhou Innovation Park, with the cooperation of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and the local government of Changzhou, is a prime example of this.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong remarked that cooperation on industrial research and development with Israel has yielded extraordinary results. Liu said that innovation is an important gauge of what a country aspires to achieve and Israel has an impressive track record in this field. According to Liu, China, as the world's second-largest economy, sees excellence and innovation as vital to its social and economic development. She added that both countries complement one another and it is therefore vital to increase cooperation on R&D and innovation – from vision to execution – with the help of companies, research institutes, investments, etc.

 The Chinese Deputy Science Minister and Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson later signed a joint declaration on the establishment of the China-Israel Innovation Center, which will serve as a hub for services and support for Chinese-Israel technological cooperation, including access to the services of the Changzhou Park.

Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson said at the ceremony: "The Israeli Ministry of Economy, together with our good friends at the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, are proud to announce the establishment of the China-Israel Innovation Center. The center will serve as an overarching platform for cooperation on innovation – including professional services regarding IP, support tools, a means of finding compatible business partners as well as access to information on our new joint venture: the China-Israel Changzhou Innovation Park - a unique tool intended to help Israeli companies achieve a 'soft landing' and easy entry into the Chinese market. The center will be accessible through a website managed by MATIMOP and CSTEC. We are certain this initiative, together with our joint committee and the new cooperation with the Changzhou Park, will help bridge gaps and significantly boost cooperation between China and Israel on R&D and technological innovation. 2015 will be marked by a shared motivation to strengthen ties between our two countries. I am proud that Israel was invited to be the guest of honor at the annual innovation conference in Shanghai this November. We were honored to receive the invitation and I have no doubt this event will be a springboard for further cooperation on innovation between Israel and China."

For more info about the Innovation Center and Changzhou Park, contact: Merav@matimop.org.il  

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