(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis will head to India for an official visit Saturday.
Akunis will be joined on the trip by his predecessor, Member of Knesset Yaakov Peri (Yesh Atid), as well as MKs Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas) and Michal Rozin (Meretz), both members of the India-Israel Friendship Lobby. The Israeli delegation will visit the Indian capital of New Delhi and the country’s so-called “Silicon Valley" in Bangalore. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with Akunis this week to share notes from his own recent trip to India.
The Israelis will meet with Indian Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Akunis will also meet with Indian lawmakers, government officials, media figures and research institute fellows.
Akunis told Israel Hayom that his trip is "further evidence of Israel's scientific and innovative might. The world's enormous desire to deepen and intensify cooperation with us is particularly pronounced in the Far East: in India, China, Japan and South Korea. We are identifying a strong and increasing desire to collaborate with the state of Israel, and this is something that is also reflected in my trip to India."
Before arriving in India, Akunis is expected to stop in Hong Kong to meet with Nicholas Yang, the autonomous territory's innovation and technology secretary.