Netanyahu launches team to tackle hi-tech personnel shortage

September 12, 2016 06:48


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Israel's status as the "Startup Nation" notwithstanding, a personnel shortage in the country's hi-tech industry is generating cause for concern in the government.

Hoping to overcome the issue, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is launching a team to focus on specific solutions for the sector. The team's mission will be twofold: training workers, engineers and technicians in Israel, as well as providing incentives for new immigrants to work in hi-tech, according to the Prime Minister's Office.

"Hi-tech is a very important engine for growth and progress in the State of Israel," Netanyahu said. "There are highly qualified people in Jewish communities around the world and we must do everything necessary to bring them to Israel."

Netanyahu will chair the team, whose members will also include Finance and Economy Minister Moshe Kahlon; Education Minister Naftali Bennett; Interior Minister Aryeh Deri; Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver; Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis; and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, the Prime Minister's Office said

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