On May 13, the World Bank Executive Director’s Office for Israel, the World Bank InfoShop and the U.S. Israel Science and Technology Foundation hosted an event titled ‘Israel 2028: Vision and Strategy for Economy and Society in a Global World.’
The event included presentations, comments and analysis by leading industry and government executives and economists. Eli Hurvitz, Chairman of Teva and Chairman of the Israel 2028 Steering Committee presented his vision of the impact of the Israel 2028 strategy on Israel’s development in the coming years. David Brodet, Editor in Chief of Israel 2028 and former Director-General for Israel’s Ministry of Finance presented highlights of the economic and social policy recommendations promoted by Israel 2028 to position Israel among the world’s leading economies. David Miron-Wapner, Executive Director of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission Israel office served as a panelist. Jaime Jaramillio-Vallej, lead economist for the World Bank Independent Evaluation group provided insight and analysis of the report while Yoav Soffer, advisor to the Executive Director for Israel at the World Bank moderated the event that was well attended by World Bank and other professionals.
Leading Israeli executives were in Washington the week of May 11th to discuss with Members of Congress, the Administration and the World Bank a strategic plan to catapult Israel to the next strata of economic competitiveness. Dubbed ‘Israel 2028,’ the plan seeks to harness Israel’s global leadership in high-technology and the sciences to position Israel among the world’s leading economies within the next 20 years, improving social integration and workforce participation and expanding scientific capacity at Israeli universities and through joint development with the United States.
Jointly hosted by Representatives Henry Waxman, Gene Green, Alcee Hastings and Linda Sanchez as co-chairs of the Democratic Israel Working Group and Representatives Mark Kirk and Eric Cantor as co-chairs of the House Republican Israel Caucus, Eli Hurvitz and David Brodet, editor of Israel 2028 and former Director-General for Israel’s Ministry of Finance, briefed Congressional leaders on actionable steps to tap scientific ingenuity to boost economic growth both in Israel and the United States. A component of Israel 2028 is dedicated to joint U.S.-Israel scientific collaboration.
Also speaking was Phil Bond, President of TechAmerica and Dr. Kathryn Atchison, Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA. Meetings also took place with the Department of Commerce and with officials at the World Bank.
Israel 2028 is a project born of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission, an initiative of the Clinton Administration, and its non-profit operational arm, the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation.