Israel Eyes More Bilateral Partnership on Foreign Aid

Israel hopes to forge more bilateral agreements with other developed countries to assisting the developing world, Danny Ayalon, Israel’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, says.

As a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Israel has “a moral commitment to assist the developing world,” Ayalon writes in the Huffington Post. Israel formally joined the OECD in September 2010.

Israel has engaged in agreements with different developed countries to support water, agriculture, health and other sectors in the developing world, he adds.

“Israel is partnering with the United States in Ethiopia, with Germany in Ethiopia and Ghana, with Italy in Senegal, Japan and Denmark in the Middle East and we are hoping to sign an agreement with Canada in the near future to assist development in Asia,” he writes, adding that Israel has also partnered with Germany to improve the ecosystem around Africa’s Lake Victoria.

The agreements shows Israel’s willingness to cooperate for the benefit of developing countries, he says. 

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