- Written by Silvia G Golan
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) will open its 63rd overseas office in Tel Aviv.
Please join us in witnessing the launch of this new platform for economic cooperation between Israel and Taiwan!
Israel and Taiwan-Complementary Advantages
Israel and Taiwan have many things in common. Both are small countries surrounded by the challenging environment; both have limited natural resources but worked hard and stood out in the world economy; both are democracies that recognize the value of education, and both foster high levels of entrepreneurship.
Israel is a startup nation and a global hub of tech and R&D centers that gave rise to successful stories such as Mobileye, Gett and many more. Meanwhile, Taiwan is a supply chains nation and home to the world's most powerful electronics industry. Taiwan is one of the world’s top ICT manufacturers: 83% of global laptops, 50% of desktops, 90% of motherboards are made by Taiwan. Taiwan was ranked the world's 18th largest trader in 2017, registering 317 billion dollars in export and 259 billion dollars in import, and the world's 13th most competitive economy in the 2018 Global Competitiveness Report released by The World Economic Forum.
Located in the heart of Asia, Taiwan has formed deep connections with the markets of China and South East Asia. Israel has great influence in America and Europe. Together, the complementary advantages of Israel and Taiwan could enable both countries to achieve new heights in the international market. A close partnership synergizing the idea innovations of Israel and the manufacturing innovations of Taiwan will generate immense benefits for everyone in the world to enjoy.
Facts about TAITRA/Taiwan Trade Center, Tel Aviv
Founded in 1970, TAITRA is Taiwan’s foremost trade promotion organization. With the inauguration of Taiwan Trade Center, Tel Aviv, TAITRA now operates 63 offices around the world with a team of 1,300 specialists. Nowadays, TAITRA serves as a smart integrator that connects businesses with opportunities. In the future, Taiwan Trade Center, Tel Aviv will focus on facilitating cooperation and exchange between Taiwan and Israeli businesses.
For more about TAITRA, see: https://www.taitra.org.tw/About-TAITRA#
Facts about Taiwan
- 18th largest exporter (2017)
- PPP per capita: US$ 49,827, 21st in the world (2017, IMF)
- Investment Climate: 3rd/50 (2018, May Business Environment Risk Intelligence)
- Index of Economic Freedom: 13th/186(2018 Feb, Heritage Foundation & The Wall Street Journal)
- Innovation: 11th /137(Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, World Economic Forum)
- Literacy rate (15 or older): 98.8% / Institutions of higher learning: 144(2017)
- Outlays for education, science, and culture: 20.2% of central government budget (2017)
Photos Silvia G. Golan
- Written by Silvia
Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of Vietnam, Do Minh Hung.
President Rivlin today accepted diplomatic credentials from new ambassadors to Israel from Vietnam, Nepal, Kenya, and Montenegro
New ambassadors from Vietnam, Nepal, Kenya, and Montenegro presented their credentials today, Thursday 14 February / 9 Adar I, to President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin at the beginning of their term as ambassadors of their countries to the State of Israel, in an official ceremony at Beit HaNasi. As each ambassador arrived, the Israel Police band played the national anthem of their country and the ambassador then reviewed an IDF honor guard. After presenting their diplomatic credentials to the president, the ambassadors signed the guest book and Hatikva, Israel’s national anthem, was played at the end of the ceremony.
The first to present his credentials to the president was the incoming Ambassador of Vietnam, Do Minh Hung. President Rivlin asked the ambassador to send his best wishes to the President of Vietnam, who he met on his state visit to the country two years ago and invited his counterpart to visit Israel. “Relations between our country have grown stronger in the fields of education, agriculture, and defense since my visit to Vietnam,” said the president. “Many Israelis enjoy visiting Vietnam and I am sure that opening up direct flights and signing the free trade agreement can create further opportunities for deepening our relations.”
The Ambassador of Vietnam thanked the president for his warm welcome and said “thank you for your warm words. I will send your best wishes to the President of Vietnam. It is a great honor for me to serve as my country’s ambassador to the State of Israel and I will do all I can to deepen and widen the relations between our two countries.”
Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of Nepal Anjan Shakya
Following this, Ambassador Anjan Shakya of Nepal presented her credentials to the president. President Rivlin thanked her and noted that next year we will mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. “We appreciate your contributions to regional security through UNIFIL and UNDOF. It gives you a perspective of the threats we face.” He added, “we see Nepal as a true friend who stands by us, just as we were at your side when you dealt with the terrible earthquake in 2015.”
The Ambassador of Nepal presented her credentials to the president and noted the long friendship between the two countries. “On behalf of the president and the prime minister, I would like to invite you on a state visit to Nepal and send their warmest best wishes. Despite only arriving here a week ago, I can already see that there are many possibilities to widen the cooperation between us in a number of fields, including agriculture, education, health and IT.” The ambassador ended her remarks by saying ‘Shalom v’Toda Raba’ (goodbye and thank you) in Hebrew.
Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of Kenya, Samuel Ng'ang'a Thuita
Kenya’s new ambassador to Israel, Samuel Ng'ang'a Thuita, was the next to present his credentials to the president, who began by sending his condolences to the people of Kenya on the recent terrorist attack in Nairobi. He then spoke about the growing trade relations between the two countries, saying “we recently opened a trade delegation at the Israeli Embassy in Kenya and we hope to see direct flights between the countries soon. These are good signs and I believe we can do even more to improve relations.”
The ambassador thanked the president, saying “since 1963 when Golda Meir visited Kenya, we have worked together on a range of issues. Once, the focus was agriculture, and now we cooperate on security and counter-terrorism. Israel has a true friend in Kenya.”
Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of Montenegro, Ivan Lekovic
The last ambassador to present his credentials was Ivan Lekovic of Montenegro. “Montenegro is a country with a growing economy, and we are proud to support you as friends and allies,” said the president, and wished the country well on joining NATO and its future membership of the European Union. The president thanked the ambassador for his country’s decision to recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day and for supporting its Jewish community.
The Ambassador of Montenegro to Israel thanked President Rivlin for his cordial welcome and said, “we are preparing for the exciting and important visit of the President of Montenegro to Israel, who sends his warmest regards. Montenegro, like Israel, has many different cultures and religions. Like you, we believe that the best way to live together is open and respectful dialog. The relations between our two countries are excellent and we cooperate in tourism and cultural and academic exchanges, as well as in the security sphere, and we would be happy to extend this cooperation.”
Photo credits: Kobi Gideon (GPO)
- Written by Philippine Embassy
Asia Pacific Group of Ambassadors call on Supreme Court President
13 January 2019, Jerusalem - The Asia Pacific group of Ambassadors called on Supreme Court President Ester Hayut last Sunday, 13 January. The group was comprised of the Ambassadors of Australia, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Justice Hayut was accompanied by four Supreme Court Justices.
The call was part of the Asia Pacific group of Ambassadors' efforts to engage with the leadership of different branches of the Israeli government and explore ways to deepen cooperation between Israel and the Asia Pacific region.
Seated, L to R: Supreme Court Justice Uzi Vogelman, Supreme Court Justice George Karra, Supreme Court President Esther Hayut, Supreme Court Justice Daphne Barak-Erez, and Supreme Court Justice Alex Stein.
Standing, L to R: Ambassador Penprapa Vongkovit (Thailand), Ambassador Maung Maung Lynn (Myanmar), Ambassador Christopher Cannan (Australia), Ambassador Periyasamy Pillai Selvaraj (Sri Lanka), Ambassador Choi Yonghwan (Republic of Korea), Ambassador Koichi Aiboshi (Japan), Ambassador Neal Imperial (Philippines), and Ambassador Zhan Yongxin (China).
Photo provided by Philippine Embassy
- Written by Prime Minister's Media Adviser
PM Netanyahu: Israel is making inroads into the Islamic world. This is the result of considerable effort in recent years. We are making history and we are turning Israel into a rising global power.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chad President Idriss Deby, today (Sunday, 20 January 2019), at the Presidential Palace in Ndjamena, the capital of Chad, announced the resumption of diplomatic relations between Chad and Israel. The two sides will presently sign an official memorandum on the resumption of relations between the two countries.
Photo PM Netanyahu and Chad President Idriss Deby at the Presidential Palace in Ndjamena . Photo: GPO/Kobi Gideon.
- Written by President’s Spokesperson’s Office
“Our sovereignty over Jerusalem will never compromise the freedom of worship and religion of all peoples of faith in Jerusalem and in all of Israel”
On the ‘Land of Monasteries’ project:
“Just recently I met with Pope Francis about this project and I hope that very soon we can go there together with you. We hope that when this project is complete, every Christian will be able to safely follow the route from Jerusalem to Nazareth via Jericho, and bathe in the waters of the River Jordan.:
On the legislation dealing with Church properties:
"The State of Israel has no intention of harming the property rights of the churches or their ability to realize their assets. We will never do that. I hope that discussion and dialogue will produce a solution."
President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Thursday 27 December / 19 Tevet hosted leaders of the Christian communities at the traditional New Year’s reception at Beit HaNasi. Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, the acting Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the representative of the Armenian Patriarch, Custos of the Holy Land, head of the Franciscan Order in Israel and the head of the Greek Catholic Church in Haifa and the Galil also participated in the event. The Ala’a brothers entertained the audience with Christmas songs.
The president began by saying, “We meet in this period of holidays, in a gathering that has become a tradition. We meet in Jerusalem at this time when so many people from all around the world are focused on this holy city. I was born in Jerusalem; I have lived here all of my life. For me, Jerusalem is a holy city, but also, it is much more than that. I cannot imagine any other home, outside of Jerusalem. I know that you all share my love of Jerusalem, and I know, that you – like me – understand how delicate, the balance in this city is. You – like me – know that for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, living together in this city is not always simple. You – like me – believe that living together in this city, is the most moral thing to do. Unfortunately, not everyone shares this understanding. Like you, I see the role of the State of Israel, as guardians of this city. As guardians, our sovereignty over Jerusalem will never compromise the freedom of worship and religion of all peoples of faith in Jerusalem and in all of Israel.”
The president added, “Israel’s respect for freedom of religion and worship is also what stands at the very heart of our initiative to develop Qasr-el-Yahud, ‘The Land of Monasteries’. Today it is a place of pilgrimage for growing numbers of Christians from all over the world. As you know, the State of Israel is working to clear the landmines that are still in the area, and to return the monasteries nearby to their owners. Just recently, I met with Pope Francis about this project, And I hope that very soon we can go there together with you. We hope that when this project is complete, every Christian will be able to safely follow the route from Jerusalem to Nazareth via Jericho, and bathe in the waters of the River Jordan. Making this dream into a reality will allow us all, Christians, Muslims and Jews, to express our faith in humanity, and in our ability to work together. Even more, this project allows us -Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians, to express our faith that we are not doomed to live together we are destined to live together.
At the end of his remarks, President Rivlin referred to the legal question concerning church properties, saying “The State of Israel has no intention of harming the property rights of the churches or their ability to realize their assets to support their activities. We will never do that. The churches’ legal representatives were invited to take part in the legal process and to make sure that the agreement under discussion will not harm the churches later on. I hope that discussion and dialogue will produce a solution.”
Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri: “I am committed to freedom of religion and worship in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. It is no exaggeration to say that there has never been a time when Jerusalem enjoyed more religious freedom than it does under the State of Israel. We hope for peace in this small country, holier than any other. Peace is not an extravagance, it is a requirement. We need to work hard for it. We pave the way to peace in daily life with small steps."
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III wished the president a happy new year, and also related to the question of the legislation regarding church properties: “We are concerned that attempts to bring this discriminatory bill, that threatens the churches humanitarian mission, will continue. We are grateful for your wise intervention, and I reiterate our willingness for dialogue, but remind you that we stand united in our opposition.”
Photo credits: Mark Neiman (GPO)