Israel may significantly improve its relations with the Netherlands, following a
working meeting on Monday between President Shimon Peres and Frans van Houten,
the president and CEO of Royal Philips Electronics.
Van Houten, who
arrived in Israel on Sunday for a short visit, spent approximately one hour with
Peres and called their discussion an inspiring experience.
The two men
spoke about global challenges, technological solutions to various medical and
environmental problems, and the use of technology in building a better future,
with an emphasis on the saving energy.
Van Houten reviewed the work that
Philips is doing in Israel and said the company was prepared to broaden the
scope of its activities at its R&D center in Haifa.
Aware of the
advances that Philips has made in medical research, Peres said it was of major
importance that the company continues to find alternatives to invasive and
Underscoring the high level of innovative technology
in Israel, he expressed hope that Philips Israel would expand both in terms of
manpower and in the range of its research.
Van Houten’s schedule during
his brief visit included meetings with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu,
Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Shalom Simhon, Chief Scientist Avi Hasson and
heads and staff of various medical organizations.