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In 2019, Israel remains “the Start-Up Nation” and a leader of technological innovation. Thanks to its strong currency, active economy, and robust export industries, it also continues to attract noteworthy international investments.
Recently, the Ministry of Communications ordered Bezeq to begin implementing a “wholesale market” and selling its competitors access to telephony infrastructure at a regulated price. The objective of this directive is to expand competition in the fixed-line telephone market and to establish a separation between the infrastructure market and the communications services being purchased by consumers.
Despite the many internal and external challenges unique to Israel, the country has successfully transformed itself into a powerhouse of technological innovation. Israel has become an excellent destination for international business, boasting a strong local currency, an active local economy, and robust export industries.
One of the great ironies of life on earth is that, on a planet that is approximately 75 percent covered in water, the demand for safe drinking water is higher than the supply. Fresh water makes up only about 2.5% of the total water supply, and for a continuously growing population, this creates some limits. Fortunately, technological innovations are creating solutions for a world that needs more water, and Israel is leading the way. Israeli Drip Irrigation Israel, as a small, desert nation, may seem an unlikely water leader in the world. But the limits in natural water resources it faces, combined with a national focus on fostering technological innovation, have led to a boom in developments that are helping the world. Israel leads the way in applying drip irrigation solutions to use water efficiently. This technique allows farmers to use exactly what is needed to help grow crops. And compared to flood irrigation, drip uses between 25 percent and 75 percent less water, maximizing the efficiency of an increasingly scarce resource. Companies like Netafim, the inventor of this technology, continue to find new ways to improve and expand the use of this work; Israeli companies are working with countries as diverse as Kazakhstan and the United States to efficiently irrigate in arid regions around the world. Desalination to Increase Usable Supplies With most of the world's water supply coming from salt water, conservation is not enough; desalination techniques are critical for helping increase the amount of water you can use every day. Here again, Israel's tech-savvy environment has helped turn challenges into opportunities. The world's largest desalination plant belongs to Sorek in Israel, which applies reverse osmosis to create a daily production capacity of 627,000 cubic meters of water. Israel now obtains 55 percent of its domestic water through desalination. Processes to remove salt and purify the water supply continue to evolve. For example, Israeli inventors have developed a chemical-free desalination process aimed at improving the safety of drinking water over what previous technologies have allowed. For investors, this creates a market opportunity to help improve the world and generate a fourfold or greater return while doing so. The world will continue to grow in population, and the innovative power of intelligent people working together will continue to yield solutions to better the living conditions we experience. Israel's experience and expertise in water innovation is leading the way. Source: barlaw.co.il
Despite the fact that water covers three quarters of Earth's surface, countries all over the world suffer from potential or current water shortages. Water consumption well outpaces supply, particularly in arid nations that struggle to meet their agricultural water needs. Israel, as a nation more than 50 percent covered in desert, has grappled with this problem since its beginnings. The technologies it has developed in response allow it to flourish, and it is doing more every year to expand those technologies around the world. Technologies to Gain Usable Water The two ways to adjust to the conditions that lead to water shortages are straightforward: creating more usable water and conserving the water that is available. Israel has long worked for ways to get the most out of the water available to it. Mekoret, for example, is a state-owned company that focuses on all aspects of water provision. It has created and applied water desalination techniques, deep drilling techniques, and an abundance of water treatment and purification techniques that increase the total amount of water available to the country. It has been developing the technologies it uses for over 50 years. Other private companies like Amiad Water Systems focus on particular aspects of the process--filtration in Amiad's case. Ways to Use Less Water Cleaning and reusing water provides an important strategy that nations are learning to use more and more efficiently, often following the leadership Israel provides in this area. The country's best known water technology, though, is drip irrigation. This technique focuses on applying water directly to crops, rather than flooding the area. The concept, led by Netafim, is that you should use only the amount of water needed for the plants consuming it, rather than enough to flood the entire area. While the precise savings has yet to be scientifically determined, the concept in a world where 80 percent of water usage is agricultural holds significant promise. Israel's leadership in water technology provides a fertile source for startups and investment opportunities that stand to help the world address an ongoing environmental problem. Barnea has broad experience in guiding investment strategies and legal considerations in water tech areas. Contact us today to learn how we can help you approach these opportunities wisely and legally. Source: barlaw.co.il