Peres meets with Dutch CEO

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July 9, 2012 23:07
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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 complicated surgery.

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.

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