Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Skolkovo Fund delegation, Israeli leadership discuss cooperation.
Skolkovo Fund President Viktor Vekselberg discussed with Israeli authorities on Wednesday prospects for cooperation in the sphere of innovation development.
The delegation of the Skolkovo Fund met with President Shimon Peres as well as held talks with Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour Shalom Simhon and ministry’s Chief Scientist Avi Hason.
Fund’s Vice President Dmitry Kolosov told Tass that the Israeli president had marked the agro-industrial complex as one of priority directions in cooperation, taking into consideration significant achievements of Israel in that sphere. Besides, a number of other fields for cooperation in the sphere of high technologies and science were named during the meeting.
“We are interested in the experience of Israel, which let the country achieve significant success in the sphere of innovation development within a short period of time,” Kolosov said.
“Besides we are interested in establishing contacts with relevant companies, departments, scientific centres and universities both from the point of view of exchanging experience and with a view to their cooperation with participants of our innovation centre and participation in the project,” he said.
The sides discussed cooperation with Open University Skolkovo and Skolkovo Institute of Technology. Sources from the delegation said the visit was held within the framework of “a continuing expansion of contacts with key government agencies and representatives of international innovation companies”.
After ending its Israeli trip the delegation left for Rome.