Ministry of Finance and Microsoft Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Strategic Collaboration Promoting Information and Communication Technologies.
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/ By Irit Rosenblum/
The Israeli Ministry of Finance and Microsoft, signed a memorandum of understanding for strategic collaboration for promoting Information and Communication Technologies. The memorandum acknowledges technology’s potential to leverage and accelerate economic growth, in light of Israel’s ICT comparative advantage.
According to the memorandum of understanding, the joint activity will be performed in work groups composed of Microsoft, Government ICT and academy representatives with the participation of global research institutions dealing in innovation and development of entrepreneurship. Additionally, the prospect of the Government ICT Division becoming a test environment for developing innovative applications for public services shall be examined alongside collaboration for creating infrastructures for the Israeli private and public sectors.
Additionally, the MOU regulates the following: development of technological innovation, promoting open government policy, use of technological tools to cut bureaucracy, handling big data banks, information security and privacy protection, development of e-Government services, information sharing in projects for the benefit of the Israeli community, promoting Israeli technology and start-up companies.
Deputy Minister Michael Levi says, “ICT in Israel is one of the most advanced in the world enabling all governmental bodies to provide citizens with the best and most efficient services. The agreement with Microsoft is an additional link connecting Israel to the global world. It has potential to empower Israel’s already comparative advantage in this field, and to enable the developing and upgrading of ICT infrastructures in the different government bodies”.
Mr. Dani Yamin, CEO Microsoft Israel, added that “future technologies, subject of this agreement, may become an important growth engine for generating innovation, increase the Israeli High-Tech’s competitiveness and further improve the government’s services to citizens and businesses. I am convinced that this collaboration between the Government and Microsoft will help realize the full potential of these innovative technologies, for the benefit of the Israeli economy and society”.