New ambassador has seen much to be proud of

Israel keen to develop co-operation in high technologies and medicine

By Vladimir Molodetsky

The New Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to Belarus, H.E. Mr. Yosef Shagal, has noted at a press conference in Minsk, “We view Belarus as, probably, the most advanced state within the territory of the former Soviet Union regarding engineering, technology and overall culture. It boasts a high educational level and has a qualified workforce. Moreover, it is relatively large, without having a huge population, creating ideal opportunities to develop high technologies and create a new ‘American Silicon Valley’.”

According to the diplomat, good opportunities exist to develop collaboration and share experience in medicine and disease prevention, including oncological. “Israel is currently working hard to treat cancer in its early stages; we already have a high recovery rate, using surgical methods on previously inoperable patients, by detecting the disease at an early stage. We are happy to share our findings,” asserts the Ambassador.

Mr. Shagal views food production as another interesting area for the development of partnership. “You have perfect food: clean milk and meat products,” he asserts. He is pleased to note that a fish manufacturing factory is now being constructed in Beloozersk, using Israeli technologies.

As far as kosher certification is concerned (for sale on the Israeli market), the Ambassador explains, “If everything is well established, kosher status will be forthcoming; it’s only a matter of technical approval, so shouldn’t be an obstacle.”

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