Benjamin Netanyahu India visit: Israeli PM meets CEOs, says ‘seize the future; get there faster together’

By: | Published: January 18, 2018 12:10 PM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday met top Indian CEOs at a business seminar at the iconic Taj Hotel in South Mumbai. Netanyahu had a 'power breakfast' with select business personalities, including Anand Mahindra, Ajay Piramal, Adi Godrej, and Chanda Kochhar.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets Indian business sector bigwigs

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday met top Indian CEOs at a business seminar at the iconic Taj Hotel in South Mumbai. Netanyahu had a ‘power breakfast’ with select business personalities, including Anand Mahindra, Ajay Piramal, Adi Godrej, and Chanda Kochhar. The breakfast was followed by Netanyahu’s address to the India-Israel Business Summit, also at the same venue. While addressing the Indian CEOs on Thursday, Netanyahu said: “It is very, very crucial for you and your Israeli counterparts to meet up because the future belongs to those who innovate. We in Israel are seizing the future, you in India are seizing the future. Together, you will get there a lot quicker and also get a lot further.” Netanyahu’s address on Thursday focused on the importance of innovation. “Innovation doesn’t happen by itself. Some of it does. But it can be nurtured, encouraged or discouraged. The job of governments like that of PM Narendra Modi and my own is to facilitate your competitive advantages and ability to innovate. Your ability to profit and your ability to fail. This is the crux of it,” Netanyahu said.

Earlier, during his interaction with India’s leading business bigwigs, he stressed that India and Israel have the potential to do wonders together. “Future belongs to those who innovate. Our job is to encourage you to innovate. The partnership between India and Israel is doing wonders. I have a strong personal friendship with PM Modi,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying by ANI.

Benjamin Netanyahu is also expected to meet around 25 to 30 members of the Jewish community at the Taj hotel. The Jewish community will launch ‘Namaste Shalom’, a regular monthly magazine on bilateral relations between India and Israel. Netanyahu is likely to proceed to the nearby Nariman House afterwards, where he will meet 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, the 26/11 survivor. Netanyahu will cap his hectic schedule by attending the ‘Shalom Bollywood’ event, also at the Taj Hotel.

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