The MOU recognizes the importance of technology to access government information and services, to reduce the bureaucratic burden, and to improve government services.
Minister of Finance Yair Lapid and Google Israel CEO Meir Brand today signed a memorandum of understanding which will serve as a framework agreement for strategic cooperation through exchanging information between the government, led by the Ministry of Finance's communications department, and Google Israel.
The Ministry of Finance said, "The MOU was formulated as part of recognition of the importance of technology to access government information and services, to reduce the bureaucratic burden, to improve government services to citizens and businesses, and for economic growth.
Initiatives as part of the agreement will include, "Meet the Government" encounters, in which the government and Google Israel will initiate meetings between government and developers that will serve as an additional platform for Israeli start-up companies wanting to know government policies and work plans, data banks that can assist Google, cooperation with Ben Gurion University that will include a scholarship program for engineering, computers and public policy students who will present innovative ideas and technologies for the public sector.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on December 31, 2013
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