PM Netanyahu meets with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in February. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Director General of Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry Amit Lang

Director General of Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry Amit Lang. (Ministry of Economy)

Israel has established itself as a world leader in cyber technology innovation and many countries, including Germany, are seeking Israel’s expertise and partnership. 

Director General of Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry Amit Lang and Germany’s Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Education and Research Thomas Rachel signed on Wednesday a Joint Declaration of Intent to cooperate on nanotechnology and cyber-security.

In the declaration of intent, the two officials expressed interest in “strengthening bilateral cooperation on research and development and technological innovation,” Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry said in a statement.

Such cooperation includes joint programs to support small and medium-sized companies active in the field of nanotechnology, as well as cooperation between research institutes from both countries.

The agencies tasked with implementing the declaration are the Israel Innovation Authority under the Office of the Chief Scientist, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany.

The two parties will also issue a joint call for applications in cyber-Security, which is expected to become a platform for relevant industries and entrepreneurs in both countries for cooperation in cyber-security, through funding assistance for joint R&D projects in the field, based on the R&D agreement previously signed by the two ministries.

“The decision to publish a joint call for applications is an expression of the vast economic and research cooperation between Israel and Germany and of Germany’s position as one of Israel’s key trade partners,” the statement said.

The signing of the agreement was part of a visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu along with other ministers and directors of government ministries to Berlin this week for the sixth G2G meeting with the German government.