PTI | 08:02 PM,Feb 13,2012

Harinder Mishra
Jerusalem, Feb 13 (PTI) India and Israel have inked a key
pact to cooperate in water treatment technologies, including
joint ventures for research and design in resources
management, sewage and drainage.
The agreement was signed Additional Secretary D.
Diptivilasa and Director of International Trade at Israel’s
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Labour, Boaz Hirsch, in the
the presence of Kamal Nath, the Indian Minister for Urban
Development who is on a three-day visit to Israel.
“The economies of India and Israel are considered to
complement each other. Accelerated economic growth in India
poses many challenges, but Israel with its knowledge and
technologies can help us cope with these challenges,” Nath
said during discussions ahead of the signing of the agreement.
He said cooperation in the fields of water, hi-tech,
nano-technology and agriculture between the two countries is
impressive but their remains a huge untapped potential.
“We have proposed to hold a seminar during the course of
the year on water management, sewage so that Israeli companies
can participate in India’s urban infrastructure development,”
Nath told PTI.
A Joint Working Group would be established following the
agreement “to examine ways to deepen cooperation between the
two countries in a variety of areas related to water”, said a
press release by Israel’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and
Labour.
Among other things, the two sides will look into
establishing joint ventures, launching studies and design
frameworks of long-term cooperation in water resources
management, sewage and drainage.
The two sides will also discuss establishing
demonstration centres of Israeli technologies in India in
order to promote the integration of these technologies in
projects that will help India cope with the challenges in
water management, the Israeli ministry said.