| MASHAV Annual Report 1997|
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
The Foreign Ministry’s Center for International Cooperation (Mashav) is today (Sunday) 2.8.98, publishing its annual report for 1997. The report focuses on the expansion of Mashav’s activities in the Middle East: Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco; as well as in Eastern Europe and CIS countries — Poland, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Training and management projects are also continuing in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia and South America.
Some 1,300 trainees from Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority participated in Mashav courses during 1997, compared to 800 in 1996. Five new projects were begun in Central Asia republics and Poland.
Since its establishment in 1958, over 65,000 trainees have participated in Mashav courses in Israel and 80,000 have attended activities and projects abroad on five continents. International aid is provided in the fields of medicine and public health, agriculture, management, status of women, tourism, small business management, education, technology, science and high-tech provided by Israeli experts and trainers voluntarily investing their time and knowledge in Israel and the world.
Foreign-Ministry Director-General Eytan Bentsur said on the occasion of the report’s publication: "Mashav’s activities have become a unique aspect and value of Israeli foreign policy, giving expression to feelings of identification and cooperation between nations."