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In a historic and high-level summit to deepen existing relations, Pacific leaders will meet Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin, in Fiji on 20 February, 2020.
In an exclusive interview with PACNEWS, Israel's Ambassador to the Pacific, Tibor Schlosser in confirming the high level Presidential visit said it was a build up from the deep relations Israel has with the Pacific for many decades based on the mutual democratic values and the Holy Bible.
“The state of Israel, under the kind hospitality of Fiji’s Prime Minister, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama will be able to meet with the leaders of the Pacific, which will give a boost of friendship and solidarity to the strong and continuous collaboration for our friends in the Pacific Island nations in their sustainable development challenges, based on the unique experience of innovation skills of Israel,” he said.
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, James Marape and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, The deputy Prime Ministers of Tonga, the deputy Prime Minister of Tuvalu and the Foreign Minister of Solomon Islands have already confirmed their participation in the summit meeting. High-level representatives from other Pacific Island States, including from Vanuatu, are expected to participate as well.
Globally, Israel, is known as “Innovation nation” and has been ranked together with the Silicon Valley in California and the economic capitals of Europe.
Last year, for the first time Israel, was ranked among the top 10 countries in the Global Innovation Index (GII) of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
This year the Innovation Index of published by the Bloomberg business news outlet places Israel sixth amongst the world most innovative economies.
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