ISRAEL is ready to participate in the Philippines’ efforts to upgrade its technology, particularly in the energy sector, software, and agriculture, its ambassador said.

“My vision is to see Israel and the Philippines partnering in innovation… and working together to introduce… relevant technologies which can benefit the development process here in the Philippines,” Israeli Ambassador Ilan Fluss said at the Pandesal Forum Thursday.

He said Israel is ready to share its expertise in management systems and energy-saving and storage software technology.

“We organize, together with our trade and economic office here, seminars to bring the private sector together,” he said, adding that Israel also hopes to promote entrepreneurship. Some recent seminars revolved around agri-cultural and medical technology.

Mr. Fluss also said that the two countries should seek closer business ties by connecting companies because “at the end of the day, we need the private sector to benefit.”

“When you introduce them to each other, they see the benefit of working together,” he added.

“I look forward to working with all of you in promoting the relations with the countries, but more than that… the human relationship among people,” said Mr. Fluss.

Mr. Fluss has visited Tarlac to inspect agriculture projects organized by Israeli firms in the province.

“Israel is a hub of innovation and technology in the agriculture field. We want to share our know-how with Filipinos to help unleash their potential and to work together in maximizing that potential while using smart and innovative technology,” Mr. Fluss said.

“The impressive display of the adoption of Israel’s technology in the province of Tarlac is commendable,” he added.

He said every year, Filipino students are sent to train in Israel for close to a year in smart agriculture. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan