Indo-Israel bilateral relations can grow further: Zonshine

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Mumbai, Jul 4 (UNI) Mr Daniel Zonshine, outgoing Consul General of Israel, today said though Israel and India are having bilateral relations now, they have a wide scope to grow.

Mr Zonshine said this while talking to UNI, on the sidelines of a function organised by All India Association of Industries. He said India has great potential in water management and the agriculture sector, which has not been used and added that it could a sector, which both the countries would like to exploit.

He also said Indo-Israel trade is expected to record a significant growth in the coming years. Against a 2005 bilateral trade of US$ 2.4 billion, the target for 2008 has been set at US$ 5 billion, and there shall be further impetus to Trade and Investment between two countries.

Speaking about water management techniques, Mr Zonshine said, as water management was critical in Israel, it had developed desalination processes, which is now being used in many countries.

At least 16 desalination plants have been set up in India, using the Israeli reverse osmosis technology.

Mr Vijay Kalantri, President, All India Association of Industries (AIAI) said that there are lot of areas for collaboration between India and Israel, specially in areas of security, water management technology, irrigation and dairy farming.

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