Steven Harper: Flowers, Flags, Honor Guards and More

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Normally, only presidents of countries and a King or Queen would have their national flags hanging on major streets for an official state visit to Jerusalem, Israel.

This week, however, Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper has received that and much more for a royal welcome.

His speech in the Knesset got several standing ovations. The Prime Minister of Canada in front of the world said that Canada would go through fire and water to stand with Israel? WOW!

photo Steven Harper, picture Prime minister Canada and Israel , image Canada Prime minister in Israel

Not only were flags and flowers put out for the Prime Minister of Canada and his wife,

image red carpet, Israel honor guard photo, picture red carpet for Canada Prime Minister

but also red carpets lined with honor guards . (Please note all pant legs for men are tucked into boots, while women wear cute little white socks. Israeli dress style does not have pants with neat, sharp creased cuffs.)

But there is more – Israel went the whole kit and caboodle for the visiting Canadians.

image sushi table, picture of sushi for reception Harper, picture sushi

A mound of  sushi at one of many food stations was just part of the repast for guests at the Israeli Prime Minister’s office for the official welcome. (Ok, I still have not recovered from shock of 10 shekel charge for water at Obama’s speech in Israel last year.)

image Israeli leaders, photo Israeli politicians, picture reception line for Harpers

For the Harpers’ visit, Israeli politicians stood quietly, waiting in a reception line,

image Israeli political leaders, photo Knesset leaders, picture reception line israel leaders

and dressed in very ‘unIsraeli’ style, with dark suits, pressed dress shirts and blue-striped ties.

image Israeli politicians, photo Israeli leaders, picture Knesset leaders

Well… almost all the men wore a suit and tie.

image Jerusalem leaders, photo Jerusalem mayor with religious leaders, picture Jerusalem political and religious leaders

For the Harpers, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat stood along with leaders of various religions, and waited in the very long reception line.

image Steven Harper with Bib Netanyahu, photo Harper and Netanyahu, picture Steven Harper in israel

First, they stood and listened to an Israeli army band play the anthems, O’Canada and Hatikvah.

image Harper and Netanyahu, photo Canadian Prime Minister in Israel, picture Prime ministers

No, the prime ministers were not holding hands as they walked the red carpet. But this visit certainly has given Israeli PM much to smile about.

image tuba, photo two tuba players, picture Israel army musicians

From red carpet welcome with big brass band

image state limo, photo Israeli limo, picture state ceremony

to official limo service into and out of the welcoming ceremony,

image Larueen and Steven Harper, photo of Steven Harper in Israel , picture Steven Harper and wife

Prime Minister Steven  and Laureen Harper have received as royal and stylish a welcome as little Israel with big heart can put on.

Israel went the whole nine yards to say thank you.

 

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Incentives for Industrial R&D in ISRAEL (Israel Economy at a glance)

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1.    The Chief Scientist Site list new programs and contact names for most programs listed in this section. Overview with tabs is: http://www.moital.gov.il/NR/exeres/625D5C08-9096-4B88-BAEF-09E7CC0E19A9.htm

2.    The Chief Scientist Brochure listed below is also very good:http://www.moital.gov.il/NR/rdonlyres/BB679C54-573C-407C-A382-BC386AAC3916/0/OCSBrochure2006.pdf

3.    Technology Infrastructure Enhancement – Magnet, Contact: Ilan Peled. Ph 03-511-8110: Promotes technological transfer from academic institutions to industry via musal cooperation between an industrial company and an academic research group. Project’s budget is up to 800,000 US$ Grants are up to 66% of approved budget. http://www.magnet.org.il/default.asp?id=1

4.    Technology Infrastructure Enhancement-Noffar, Designed to support applied academic research in biotechnology & nanotechnology in order to adjust it to relevant applications in the industry and promotes the transer of these technologies to the idustry; Project budge is up to 100,00 US $, Gransts are up to 90% of the approved budget.

5.    Pre Seed- Technological Incubators, contact at Chief Scientist: Rina Pridor Ph 03-511-8127: Provides support for nascent companies to develop their innovative technological ideas and form new business ventures in order to attract private investors. Grants up to 85% of approved budget.www.incubators.org.il

6.    Pre Seed – Seed Fund Heznek Program– Contact: Itamar Dar Ph 02-666-2457: The Government Seed fund. The slowdown of the world economy has cased a decrease in the level of investments in start-up companies and consequently a lessening in the number of start-up companies formed. The program is based on the government matcing and investment in a start up company. Proportional to the investment of an investing entity and giving an option to the investor to purchase the government shares in the start up company at the initial price.http://www.moital.gov.il/NR/exeres/2F9931BD-7695-4FAD-9A54-950A1E99B3F8.htm also at:www.moital.gov.il

7.    Competitive R&D, Approved R&D program Contact: Moshe Haizler Ph: 02-666-2516Approved R&D program must last at least one year, and should lead to the development of a new product or a significant improvement to an existing product. Grants are up to 50% of the total approved R&D expenditures. The annual budget of 230 million is spent on 775 projects being undertaken by 500 companies. The site breaks it into A. Development of a novelity product and B R&D support for companies in Special Geographical areas. http://www.moital.gov.il/NR/exeres/625D5C08-9096-4B88-BAEF-09E7CC0E19A9.htm also at:www.moital.gov.il/madan

8.    Pre Competitive R&D, Magnet Consortium, Supports the formation of consortia maade up of industrial companies and academic insititutions, in order to jointly develop generic, pre competitve technologies. Grants up to 66% of approved budget for industry and up to 80% for the academic institution. http://www.moital.gov.il/NR/exeres/111E3D45-56E4-4752-BD27-F544B171B19A.htm also at:www.magnet.org.il

9.    Pre Competitive R&D, Katamon: Promote water techology projects by tripple cooperation between industrial company, acedemic research group and water infrastructure program; Project budget up to US$1M. http://www.israel-industry-trade.gov.il/NR/exeres/D8C128E3-63D8-441B-86BE-844011126452.htm?wbc_purpose=B

10. Pre Competitive R&D, Research Institutes: Contact: Shaul Freireich Ph 02-666-2490: Supports R&D programs carried out by Research Institutes Grants up to 90% of approved budget.www.moital.gov.il/madan

11. Pre Competitive R&D, Generic R&D, Contact Lydia Lazens Ph 02-666-2465 Encourages companies heavily in R&D to invest a seginficant percentage of funds in long term generic R&D Grants up to 50% of the approved budget. http://www.moital.gov.il/NR/exeres/111E3D45-56E4-4752-BD27-F544B171B19A.htm

12.  A wonderful overview of the Chief Scientis is available in a pdf file titled: The Intellectual Capital of the State of Israel. http://www.moital.gov.il/NR/rdonlyres/C973239E-F6C2-453A-A4D9-5A30F59258E3/0/intellectualcapital.pdf

13. Pre Competitive R&D, R&D Centers in Universites, aims to create and develop techological infrastructure for industry use. Russel Berrie Institutes for Nanotechnology at Technion,http://rbni.technion.ac.il/ :National Institute for Biotechnology Research and Development in the Negev Ben Gurion in Be’er Sheva. http://www.atp-israel.com/bgu/nibn.html

14. International Programs: Multinationals, Matimop, Contact: Yair Amitay/ Haya Miller Ph 03-511-8111: Promotes and assists participation of Israeli companies in international bilateral or multilateral cooperation programs for industrial R&D. Maintains updated database of prjects in many advanced technologies and databse of profiles of Israeli industrial companies seeking international cooperation. http://www.matimop.org.il/

15. International Programs: Europe’s R &D Framework Agreement –ISERD Contact: Marcel Shaton Ph 03-511-8123: Israel is the only non-European country fully associated with EU framework program for Research and Development. The Program offers Israeli companies and research organizations an opportunity to participate in jointly implemented projects with European counterparts. www.iserd.org.il

16. International Programs: Eureka: Contact: Udo Mannes Ph 03-511-811 #31: Currently Israeli companies take part in more than 10% of all running Eureka programs. 40% of Eureka project participants are small/medium enterprises (SME) including start up companies.http://www.moital.gov.il/NR/exeres/8A8D7E70-9BDB-4A4D-B07C-F0100E5E603E.htm also atwww.eureka.org.il

17. International Programs: Program for the Encouragement of Multi-National CompaniesProject Centers in Israel. The program encourages Multi-National Companies to conduct joint R&D Projects with an Israeli partner while focusing the activity in the national preference zones and/or in tradtional industries. http://www.moital.gov.il/NR/rdonlyres/771C3A08-2723-436B-B285-1C0CB178EE55/0/MultiNationalCompaniespptnew.PDF

18. International Programs: The Global Enterpriese R&D Cooperative Framework –GIRDF Contact:Yifat Turbiner: Ph 03-511-8116; This program attracts prominent multinational corporations (MNC) to forge investment cooperation deals with Israeli Start-ups. www.moital.gov.il/madan

19. Bi-National funds: Grants up to 50% of R&D expenses Fund Name countries:

  1. BIRD Israel- USA (www.birdf.com)
  2. BRITECH Israel – UK (www.britech.org)
  3. CIIRDF Israel – Canada ( www.ciirdf.ca)
  4. KORIL-RDF Israel- Korea (www.koril-rdf.or.kr)
  5. SIIRD Israel –Singapore (www.siirdf.com)

20. Bi-Nationals: Bi-Lateral R&D Programs Matimop, Contact: Yair Amitay/ Haya Miller Ph 03-511-8111: the Israeli Industry Center for R&D operates international R&D agreements on behahf OCS with numerous European countries, South merica, China, Russia, Canada, and Australia.http://www.matimop.org.il/

21. Bi-Nationals: US-Israel Science & Technology Commission. The commission focuses on Life Sceinces, Clean Technology, Homeland Security, Aerospace, Renewed Energy, Water Technology, and Personalized Healthcare. http://www.usistc.org/fs_index.asp