The UK and Israel have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a move that will see the two governments work together to enhance digital government, open standards and open source.
The agreement was made during Prime Minister David Cameron’s most recent trip to Israel and Palestine. A Cabinet Office statement says the two countries are now committed to work together in this area.
Liam Maxwell, the government’s CTO, and Harel Locker, director general of the Israeli PM’s office signed the memorandum.
The new collaboration with Israel contains three key principles:
· the exchange of information and experiences in the areas of open markets, open standards and open source
· working together to achieve necessary capabilities and development streams to develop digital public services in each country
· collaboration to develop other mechanisms for international partnerships with a wider set of countries or areas within the broad topic of digital government.
“This government’s long-term plan is all about creating modern, digital public services that are so good people prefer to use them. So, we will look to find new ways of working with Israel’s impressive array of digital businesses and draw on its culture of entrepreneurship,” he added.
“The Digital Israel Project serves as Israel’s digital highway. In this way, the periphery can be eliminated by connecting all of Israel to the Internet for better education, medical services, welfare and business practices, without being dependent on geographic location,” said Harel Locker.