symbol

New Health Statistics by the OECD

category: General
Few weeks ago the OECD launched its extensive annul database on health statistics- The OECD Health Statistics 2014. The analysis of the data, performed by the organization reveals that health expenditures in many OECD
Read more

How much are public servants paid?

category: General
The compensation in the public sector often receives high attention in the media and in the ongoing debate about the efficiency of the public sector. But how much do we really know about the wages
Read more
Cisco chooses Israel for investment and development of the digital future

Cisco chooses Israel for investment and development of the digital future

category: Uncategorized

Cisco chooses Israel for investment and development of the digital future

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers, envisions a digital future where “Internet of Things” is a big deal, and he has chosen Israel as his playground “This is where the real revolution is taking place, and we are supplying the architecture for it" (timesofIsrael). The “digital nation” experiment, as defined by John Chambers will kick off with the installation of Israel's FTTH infrastructure and network by ViaEuropa consortium, and will be based on Cisco technology. ViaEuropa has been chosen to build a super-fast Internet network across Israel that will compete with existing phone and cable companies (Ynet). For Chambers, what happens in Israel over the next five or so years as the network is installed and deployed is a “test case” for the rest of the world. “Some will make it in the digital age, and some won’t. We believe that Israel is a good place to start.” Chambers trusts Israel so much, he said, that he sees it as a great place to invest the $40 billion in cash that the company is sitting on. Cisco already has about 2,000 employees in Israel and has acquired several Israeli companies totaling over $1.5 billion over the past 15 years, excluding the $5 billion it paid for NDS. Cisco is also investing $15 million in “support integration of Israelis and Arabs and the development of innovative security technologies.” The money will be invested via venture capital funds, a Cisco representative said, with most of the money geared to cyber-security start-ups. During his visit to Israel last week, Chambers addressed Israel's place in his vision "If I were an Israeli start-up, this is where I would want to be.” Chambers continues to praise Israel “world-class countries and companies don’t lose focus, and I am sure we will all keep the momentum going. This is what we are about, and that is what Israel is about.” (timesofIsrael). Cisco is not the only tech company that sees opportunity in "Internet of things" as more people, systems and devices get connected. Everyone from system makers like IBM and Hewlett-Packard to chip vendors like Intel and ARM has talked about the Internet of Things, and are offering products designed to better enable it (eweek). For the full Times of Israel article click here. For the full eweek article click here. For the full Ynet article click here.    

Israel Trade & Economic Office, Embassy of Israel

Read more

OECD Factbook 2013: A Statistical View on Israel

category: General
OECD Factbook 2013 is a comprehensive and dynamic statistical annual publication from the OECD. This year, the OECD Factbook features a focus chapter on gender.Data are provided for all OECD member countries and in some cases for selected
Read more

Better Life Index- Israel

category: General
A few days ago the The Economist ranked 50 countries for best place to be born for 2013 as part of its article “The Lottery of Life“. According to the Where-to-be-born Index, Israel is ranked 20th
Read more

Looking to 2060: Long term global growth prospect, optimistic forecast for Israel

category: General
The OECD issued the “Looking to 2060: Long term global growth prospect: Forecast  to 2030” where it predicts, in a macroeconomic forecast, that by 2030 China will pass the U.S. while becoming the world’s largest economy
Read more

OECD indicators on the integration of immigrants 2012; In Israel the foreign-born population is on average more educated than across OECD countries

category: General
The OECD launched its report on indicators for the integration of immigrants 2012. Among other OECD countries Israel is rated 4th in terms of the share of immigrants in its population. The publication, “Settling In:
Read more

Economic Outlook 2012: Israel’s economic growth to pick up in the first half of 2013

category: General
The OECD released its twice-yearly report “Economic Outlook 2012”, with projections on the growth trends in the global economy for 2012-2014. The report also predicts that Israel’s economic growth should pick up by mid 2013.
Read more

“One year membership – Israel’s experience at the OECD” A Presentation by the Counselor

category: General
The Chamber of Commerce Swiss- Israel held in Jan 2012 a one day seminar on “one year membership – Israel’s experience at the OECD”. Rita Golstein-Galperin, the Industry, Trade
Read more

“Israel has made significant progress in the field of employment challenges”- ELSA Post Accession Review 2012

category: General
Sharon Kedmi, Director General at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor key notes from  the OECD Employment Labour and Social Affairs Committee meeting on October 26th 2012.   The OECD Employment Labour and Social Affairs
Read more