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Israeli sponsored  “Entrepreneurship for Development” U.N. resolution passes

Israeli sponsored “Entrepreneurship for Development” U.N. resolution passes

category: General

The UN General Assembly has passed a resoution proposed by Israel to encourage private and public sector entrepreneurship as the best way to deal with the challenges of poverty and job creation. 129 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 31 countries voted against, and nine countries abstained, as reported by Globes and CNN. "The Israeli spirit of entrepreneurship and creativity prevailed at the UN today," said Israel's Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor. " As a state that was founded in difficult circumstances, we have been able to create opportunities for talented people and have become an enterprising superpower. Creating a culture of entrepreneurship can work miracles and drive economies forward. Investing in human resources is a real message that Israel conveys to the developing world." A review by Israel's Mission to the UN and Mashav found that young entrepreneurs in many developing countries face bureaucratic obstacles, social barriers, and a lack of financing, even though entrepreneurship is an important tool for economic growth, improving the standard of living, and improving the quality of the environment. This is the first time in the UN's history that it has adopted a resolution that emphasizes entrepreneurship as a means of fighting poverty, reported Globes. The resolution calls on governments and companies to strengthen the capabilities of domestic financial institutions to aid people who have no access to banking services, and encourages these countries to adopt administrative and regulatory structures to establish to provision of financial services to such people, especially women. CNN reported on one shining example of domestic initiative:  Albina Ruiz, the founder of Lima-based Ciudad Saludable, is a poster child for the economic benefits of entrepreneurship that creates immense social value. She built a community-based waste management system that plays an increasingly important role in improving sanitation and health conditions in Peru and other Latin American countries. Started just 10 years ago, Ciudad Saludable now serves more than 3 million residents in the slums of Lima alone. CNN credited Israel's delegation for engaging  fellow member countries in dialogue to encourage a global approach to promote entrepreneurship. The success of the resolution will provide a necessary pathway for stimulating future entrepreneurs and help equip world leaders to be better able to solve complex and fast-changing economic and social problems. For the full Globes article click here. For the full CNN article click here. For the statement by Ambassador Ron Prosor click here.  
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Tel Aviv heads list of world’s top startup ecosystems

Tel Aviv heads list of world’s top startup ecosystems

category: Uncategorized

The Startup Genome released the first half of its report on the world’s top startup ecosystems - the so-called Startup Ecosystem Index. Tel Aviv headed the list, second only to Silicon Valley, as reported in TechCrunch. The comparative analysis, produced in collaboration with affiliates from UC Berkeley, Stanford and Telefónica Digital, covers a host of topics, including how the landscape of startup ecosystems has begun to extend beyond Silicon Valley to become somewhat of a global phenomenon. The report compiled a global ranking of startup ecosystems based on a 50-variable, 8-component index, which includes Startup Output, Funding, Company Performance, Talent, Support Infrastructure, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Trendsetting Tendencies and Ecosystem Differentiation. Here's some of what was said in the Report about the Tel Aviv startup ecosystem: As a country, Israel may be only 60 years old and have a population of around 7 million but it has the highest density of tech startups in the world. In 2009, 63 Israeli companies were listed on the tech-orientated NASDAQ - which is more than Europe, Japan, Korea, India, and China combined. Almost every major tech company today has some kind of subsidiary in Israel, including Intel, Microsoft, Google and Cisco to name just a few. Consequently, 39% of Israeli high-tech employees work in the R&D departments of multinational companies. In the Startup Ecosystem Index, Tel Aviv ranks second globally, because it has the second highest output index of startups with a healthy funnel of startups across the developmental lifecycle, a highly developed funding ecosystem, a strong entrepreneurial culture, a vibrant support ecosystem and a plentiful supply of talent. Some of the leading examples of Tel Aviv startups cited in the report included: Mirabilis, Babylon, SunDisk, Jajah, Fring, Waze Here are the top 20, in order:
  1. Silicon Valley
  2. Tel Aviv
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Seattle
  5. New York City
  6. Boston
  7. London
  8. Toronto
  9. Vancouver
  10. Chicago
  11. Paris
  12. Sydney
  13. Sao Paulo
  14. Moscow
  15. Berlin
  16. Waterloo (Canada)
  17. Singapore
  18. Melbourne
  19. Bangalore
  20. Santiago
For the full TechCrunch article click here. To download the Startup Ecosystem Index report click here.  
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โอกาสในการลงทุน – THAILAND Opportunities 2012

โอกาสในการลงทุน – THAILAND Opportunities 2012

THAILAND Opportunities 2012     Thailand In brief: Thai GDP growth for 2012 is expected at 5.5%, affected by a slowdown in the industrial sector. Export growth has been lower than originally
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Israel HLS 2012

Israel HLS 2012

งานสัมมนาสากลด้านความมั่นคงแห่งชาติ ครั้งที่2 11-14 พฤศจิกายน 2555 ณ.เมือง เทล-อาวีฟ ประเทศอิสราเอล (International Conference on Homeland Security – 2nd HLS) สังคมใน ปัจจุบันนั้นมีความซับซ้อนมากกว่าในอดีต หนึ่งในปัจจัยนั้นมาจากการพึ่งพิงระบบสาธารณูปโภคอันซับซ้อน การคมนาคมที่ได้รับการขยายอาณาเขต ที่นำไปสู่การรวมกลุ่มกันของประชาชนจำนวนมากในพื้นที่สาธารณะ อดีตได้สอนเราว่า ไม่ว่าจะเป็นสถานที่ใด เหตุการณ์รุนแรงนั้นสามารถเกิดขึ้นได้ทุกเวลา สภาวะการณ์ดังกล่าวจึงเป็นความท้าทายใหญ่หลวงสำหรับหน่วยงานด้านความมั่นคง และความปลอดภัย เราทุกคนต่างมองหามาตรการที่มีคุณภาพมากขึ้นในการป้องกันและตอบโต้ต่อ เหตุการณ์รุนแรง ทั้งทางด้านร่างกายทรัพย์สิน และที่เกิดขึ้นในโลกไซเบอร์ เช่นเดียวกับเหตุอาชญากรรมและภัยพิบัติ รวมไปถึงการดูแลระเบียบความปลอดภัยของประชาชนในระหว่างภาวะฉุกเฉิน งานสัมมนาสากลด้านความมั่นคงแห่งชาติ ครั้งที่ 2
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Europe’s doors open to Israeli pharmaceutical companies

Europe’s doors open to Israeli pharmaceutical companies

category: Medical

The European Parliament has just ratified an AACA agreement which basically means Israeli pharmaceutical products can now be marketed without delay or further inspection in Europe. This important development and announcement by the European Parliment was covered by our Belgian and UK blogs. Under the new agreement, EU-certified pharmaceuticals will be exported to Israel and vice-versa without requiring additional certification in the importing country, under a deal endorsed by the European Parliament today. After more than two years of extensive debate, MEPs approved the mutual recognition deal with 379 votes in favour 230 against and 41 abstentions. The EU-Israel agreement on mutual recognition of pharmaceutical certificates will remove technical barriers to trade, cut manufacturers’ costs and enable them to get their products to market faster. For European consumers, it will mean lower prices and a wider range of generic products. The agreement will apply to all pharmaceuticals except for advanced therapy products, special medicinal products based on tissues and cells of human origin, and medicinal products that include blood products. Writing recently in the Jewish Chronicle, Marina Yannakoudakis, Conservative MEP for London and her party’s spokesman on health in the European Parliament, explains why it is time for the EU to trade freely with Israel: “EU member countries are facing rising healthcare costs. Factors such as the over-prescription of drugs and an ageing population make it essential to seek savings. Israel, despite its small size, is at the forefront of major medical innovations.” The EU has mutual recognition agreements in place in this field with Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Switzerland, and is seeking to negotiate similar ones with most Mediterranean countries, including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. For the European Parliment announcement click here. For the full article in our UK blog click here. For the full post in the Belgium blog click here.
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Global Cleantech 100 Index: Israel “the stand-out country”

Global Cleantech 100 Index: Israel “the stand-out country”

category: Energy, Water
The prestigious research firm Cleantech Group has just published its fourth annual Global Cleantech 100 list, which lists the upcoming private companies to watch in the global cleantech arena. Israel,
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Israel Securities Authority joins IOSCO European Regional Committee

Israel Securities Authority joins IOSCO European Regional Committee

category: Banking, General
The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has approved the Israel Securities Authority‘s application to join its European Regional Committee (ERC) as a full member, after a unanimous vote
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Israel’s IVN combines investment and philanthropy

Israel’s IVN combines investment and philanthropy

category: Banking
The Wall Street Journal interviewed Israel Venture Network (IVN)‘s CEO Isabel Maxwell at the Webit conference in Istabnbul.  IVN introduces a new mix of investment fund and philanthropic endeavor – one
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Israel Chosen to Host World’s Largest International Space Conference

Israel Chosen to Host World’s Largest International Space Conference

category: General
The International Space Conference will be held in Israel in 2015, the Science and Technology Ministry has reported, and will be one of the largest conferences in Israel in years, the Jerusalem Post reported. The
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Samsung comes out of the ‘Israel closet’ Samsung’s Israeli R&D work revealed

Samsung comes out of the ‘Israel closet’ Samsung’s Israeli R&D work revealed

category: General
Israeli R&D centers — Samsung’s only such centers outside of South Korea — responsible for newest smartphone’s camera technology Not that it was exactly a secret, but it turns out that
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