The best solutions for smart cities arise when governments, scientists and entrepreneurs work together on innovative products and services. More than 20 Israeli companies in the fields of transportation, energy and security were represented.
(Embassy of Israel, The Hague)
Israeli and Dutch companies met together in The Hague on Thursday, February 4th for Smart Cities Innovation Day. The event was opened by Dutch Minister of Economy Henk Kamp of Economy and Director General Amit Lang of the Israel Ministry of Economic Affairs.
"Israeli and Dutch companies seeking the best technical and social solutions for cities. Israel and the Netherlands both engage in a lot of research and development. Both countries provide fertile ground for startup and a good investment environment," said Minister Kamp in his opening speech. "Our business cultures are similar and we both believe in public-private partnerships. The best solutions for smart cities arise when governments, scientists and entrepreneurs work together on innovative products and services."
More than twenty Israeli companies in the fields of transportation, energy and security were represented at the Smart Cities Innovation Day, including Checkmarx, MobilEye and Cellint. The Dutch companies represented included KPN, Eneco and Siemens.
Among the prominent speakers at the event were entrepreneur, investor and Internet guru Yossi Vardi and prominent economist Eugene Kandel, former chairman of the National Economic Council in Israel.
The Smart Cities Innovation Day is part of the Bilateral Cooperation Forum between the Netherlands and Israel. The event was organized by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the Netherlands Embassy in Israel, in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Economy, The Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute and the Israeli Embassy in The Hague.