GPPI-CPR Delegation of Indian MPs to Israel - 2014

GPPI-CPR and the Israel Foreign Office organized a delegation of five multi-party senior MPs to Israel from 19-26 December, 2014 led by Mr. Dinesh Trivedi, MP & Former Union Cabinet Minister. The other members of the delegation included Mr. H K Dua (Ind.), Ms. Supriya Sule (NCP), Mr. Prem Das Rai (Sikkim Democratic Front), and Mr. Bharatendra Singh (BJP). The prime focus of the visit was the academic program at the Tel Aviv University. It also included Meetings with Senior Government Officials, as well guided onsite visits relating to agriculture; drip irrigation and water management projects.

During the six day program the delegation had a luncheon discussion with the Head of Israel-India Parliamentary Friendship Association, Ms. Yifat Kariv MK.  The MPs also attended meetings with Prof. Eugene Kandel, Head of the National Economic Council; Head of Israel-India Chamber of Commerce

An intensive interactive session at the Tel Aviv University included discussions on various important topics with experts from the University - Prof Raanan, TAU Vice President, on Globalization Strategy at TAU; Prof. Meir Litvak, Director, the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, on Changes in the Middle East: Iran and ISIS; Prof. Yossi Shain, Chair of Political Science Department & Head of the Brody Institute of Applied Diplomacy, on The Arab Spring and Changes in the Middle East; and discussions with The Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center – Major Gen. (Ret.) Prof. Issac Ben-Israel, Head of the ICRC; and Prof. Michael Birnhack, Buchmann Faculty of Law.

The MPs also met Author and Israel Prize laureate in literature Mr. A B Yehoshua in Tel Aviv. The visit was also interspersed with onsite visits and guided tours to the Hutchison Kinrot – a global leader seed investor in water and Cleantech related technologies; Dairy Farm in training centre in KibbitzShfayim; and Netafim Drip Irrigation Plant. The delegates also visited Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Israel Police Command and Control Center at Beit Dagan.