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July 14, 2018 by Michael Kuttner
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The long school vacation has started and summer is well and truly in full swing. Students and their parents may be in holiday mode but the pace of positive achievements shows no sign of slowing down…writes Michael Kuttner.

 

FROM GHANA TO ISRAEL

 

The Ghana Ministry of Food and Agriculture has initiated a partnership with the Israeli government to send some fifty students to undergo a one year paid internship in Israel.

The program which will begin in September this year, will have students trained in modern agriculture practices especially in the area of Green House vegetable production which according to the sector minister, Owusu Afriyie Akoto, will help Ghana increase its local production and export of vegetables after their return.

 

FILLING THE HITECH SHORTAGE

 

An initiative of an Israeli venture capital firm is helping new immigrants find work in Israel’s booming tech sector, which is strapped for employees.

The Aliya Initiative, a free, four-session workshop in Tel Aviv, aims to provide olim, or immigrants, with the necessary skills to join the Israeli startup scene. The goal is to help grow Israeli companies. That demands building strong sales and marketing teams. Immigrants are perfect for that role because of their strong language skills and knowledge of the foreign societies Israeli tech products aim at.

Israel’s thriving tech scene is feeling the pinch of a shortage of skilled workers as multinationals and startups all compete for the best minds locally. Players in the sector are trying to find ways to overcome this shortage. Training new immigrants is one creative way to do this.

 

SPARKLING NEWS

 

The Shanghai Diamond Exchange has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Israel Diamond Exchange Ltd. (ISDE) to transfer to Israel activity pertaining to the processing of large stones, the ISDE announced Monday. The ISDE will invite Chinese diamond cutters to work in a new diamond cutting facility being built in central Israel. As part of the deal, dozens of Chinese diamond processing companies are expected to transfer some of their processing activity to Israel.

The new diamond processing center, built by the ISDE and the Israel Diamond Institute at an estimated cost of $2.7 million (10 million NIS), will host two large stone cutting facilities totaling 1,000 square meters, and employ 150 people, the ISDE said. The ISDE is a privately-held company uniting more than 3,000 members and companies dealing in diamond import and export, manufacturing, and brokerage, according to the IDE website.

 

CYCLISTS TAKE NOTE

 

Have you noticed more cyclists and motor cyclists on the roads lately? As the numbers increase so do the possibilities of fatalities on ever increasingly congested roads. Watch this video to learn about the latest innovative technology developed in Israel to solve this problem:

 

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