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SIGNAL Note 33

An Interview with Dorian Barak, CEO of Indigo-Kuangchi

Israel supports the long-term vision and ambitious policies of the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) in a variety of ways. A key avenue of engagement with China and the BRI is with leaders from Israel’s banking and private investment sectors. They bring their vast domestic and global experience to the China-Israel relationship and strengthen China’s tech foundations through identifying and facilitating Israeli technology acquisitions. One of these leaders is Dorian Barak, CEO of Indigo- Kuangchi and a member of SIGNAL’s Board of Academic and Expert Advisors. SIGNAL was pleased to interview Barak for the SIGNAL Note series. In it he shares his insights from years of business experience in the field.

SIGNAL Note 32

SMART MOBILITY INDUSTRY

Introduction

As China enters the field of automotive tech, the emerging Israeli smart mobility industry could provide vital technology and experience to further broaden Chinese innovation. Autonomous vehicles are currently being developed through partnerships between Chinese and Israeli tech companies. Self-driving cars entering the market promise to transform methods of transportation for the countries of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and improve urban life. Intelligent and connected vehicles shift the focus of the global transportation industry to wide-ranging international economic cooperation to promote connectivity, efficiency, environmental improvement, and quality of life.

The cultivation of smart mobility startups across Israel provides further potential collaborations that could continue to enhance Sino-Israeli relationships. Israeli cutting edge technology startups could help China reach its goal of creating a commercial market of intelligent, autonomous vehicles not only in China but in BRI nations. Israeli-Chinese partnerships in this sector furnish opportunities for the cyber-economy to be expanded. These partnerships can also help build competition in national monopoly sectors. Enhancing competition and expanding economic development in the cyber sphere are both goals of the 13th Five-Year Plan.

SIGNAL Note 31

Israel’s Innovative Digital Health Sector, and its Applications to the BRI


Introduction

As China develops its digital healthcare system and promotes impactful policy coordination across the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), turning towards Israeli innovation could enable win-win cooperation. On the domestic front, the digital health sector will help advance objectives stated in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan. This includes the distribution of health resources and the promotion of healthcare quality at the local level. On the international front, advancing the digital health sector can solidify China’s geopolitical role as a global leader in healthcare reform. Forming a model healthcare template for nations participating in the BRI is important given that the initiative promotes cooperation in scientific and cultural exchange to improve the quality of life in health and medicine of all citizens in BRI nations.

With Israel’s advancements in medical technology and digital health, the Sino-Israel partnership will apply the uniqueness of Israel’s innovation market, and will alleviate inefficiencies in China’s healthcare system. Thus, potential business-to-business (B2B) cooperation in this area will be a compelling means to promote progress in Sino-Israel relations.

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