Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, Jack Ma to Attend Israeli Innovation Summit

Other planned attendees include Facebook executive David Marcus, venture capitalist Yuri Milner, and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt

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Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan is set to visit Israel in late October along with Alibaba's founder and CEO Jack Ma, the office of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday. The two are set to attend an Israeli innovation summit hosted by the country's prime minister.


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This is Ma’s second visit to Israel. In May, Ma met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and with local tech entrepreneurs, and received an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University.


Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan. Photo: Bloomberg Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan. Photo: Bloomberg



In August, Calcalist reported on the Chinese vice-president’s plans to visit Israel towards the end of 2018. Wang was recently appointed the Chinese head of the China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation, an initiative established in May 2014 to bolster Israel-China cooperation in domains related to innovation. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, is the Israeli head of the committee.


Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and British-American tech entrepreneur Joanna Shields, the former U.K. minister for internet safety and security, are also among the guests set to attend the summit, which will take place in Jerusalem on October 24 and 25. Facebook executive David Marcus, Israeli-Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner, Gil Shwed, CEO of Israeli information security company Check Point, IBM’s vice president of AI technology Aya Soffer, and Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua are also among the guests.



The summit is held in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Peres Center for Peace for and Innovation, a non-profit organization founded by former Israeli President Shimon Peres in 1996 to develop peacebuilding programs in the fields of technology, business, and education. The two-day event is will showcase the country’s technological innovation in the areas of digital health, food and agriculture technologies, and cybersecurity. Delegations from the U.S., Italy, France, Australia, South Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland are set to attend the summit.

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