Four Israeli CleanTech companies presented at an event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, focusing on Israeli innovation in Africa and developing countries.
“The fact that of the six Israeli companies presenting at the UN, four came from the cleantech sector, says a lot about the prominance of water and alternative energy innovation in Israel, and our ability to make a positive impact in Africa with our technologies,” says Oded Distel, Head of Israel NewTech, who attended the event in New York on September 22nd.
The event was hosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. Dozens prime ministers, ambassadors, senior UN officials and representatives from the private sector took part in the event. The four presenting Israeli cleantech companies were Energyia Global, Water-Gen, BlueI and Living Green.
Oren Blonder, CEO of Blue I Water Technologies, which provides online water quality monitoring, told us about the event, which was not only prestigious, but also very effective his company: “There were about 700 people in attendance, including presidents, kings, ambassadors and industry professionals in attendance – it was a very well organized event. And I’m pleased to say we’re already seeing real business opportunity – two African countries invited us to visit them and advance cooperations, and we will be travelling there next month in November.”
Yosef Abramowitz, an Israeli solar power pioneer and President, and Co-founder of Energyia Global, a provider of affordable solar solutions and sister company to Arava Power, put the event in the perspective of a larger plan: “In Africa, cooperation at the government level is crucial to make private sector projects happen. We’re happy to work hand in hand with the Israeli government to bring positive change to the energy map in Africa.” Abramowitz already accompanied Prime Minister Netanyahu on a mission to east Africa before the UN event, and an additional visit, this time to west Africa, is planned for the spring.
During the UN event, Energiya Global signed an MOU to with Marjon V. Kamara, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Liberia, for the installation of Liberia’s first ever solar field. In Rwanda, a project by Energiya Global is already supplying 6% of that country’s energy needs.
“Israeli technology is very highly regarded in Africa,” explains Abramowitz. “I think Israeli companies have a uniquely effective approach to working in Africa, hand in hand with governments, and in partnership with the private sector. I’m very excited at the prospect of delivering much needed alternative energy in African and really making a positive impact.”
Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “I believe that Israel can be an amazing partner for your countries. Technology changes everything. And technology is related to so many areas: to healthcare, agriculture, education, and so much more. We want to share our knowledge and technology with the world.”