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Indo-Jewish Business Ventures Promoted

November 2003
Indo-Jewish Business Ventures Promoted

The Georgia India Chamber of Commerce joined hands with the American Israel Chamber of Commerce, to host their inaugural joint event on 2nd October. This would give further impetus to business relations between the two communities in Georgia as India and Israel continue to forge new alliances on the national front.

Current Presidents Tom Glaser and S.P. Reddy agreed that common ideologies and business goals would go a long way in increasing trade and bilateral relations between the two countries. They also felt that collaborative ventures between the two communities in Georgia would increase. Glaser said that Israelis have phenomenal technologies but lack the know how to get into the American market and the Indian American business community can be of help there.

Nissim Reuben, an Indian Jew and currently the Goldwater fellow at the AJC in Washington DC, said that there have been over 150 joint ventures between the two countries in various hi-tech areas since the Israeli government opened its first Consulate in 1949 in Bombay. At that time only Kerala and Maharashtra were under the Consulate's jurisdiction but the two states benefited tremendously from the exchange of agricultural expertise.

Today there are several collaborative ventures in areas besides agriculture. Vikram Raghupathy who heads a company dealing with security solutions, has done business with Israel and said that knowing the right people in Israel was the key. Once you did that you realized that Israel was a very safe place to do business in. There was also a unanimous agreement that the growing India Israel collaboration on the Hill has resulted in greater strategic clout for both countries.

Kavita Chhibber

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