The director-general of the Communications Ministry, Liran Avisar Ben Horin, traveled to Bahrain on Sunday as part of the Israeli delegation of government ministry representatives led by the head of the National Security Council that discussed with Bahraini and US officials a treaty for establishing diplomatic and peaceful relations between Israel and Bahrain.
In the framework of the delegation, the director general signed with representatives of the Kingdom of Bahrain a memorandum of understanding in which the countries agreed that the development of advanced telecommunications, information technology and postal services are main factors for the promotion of trade between the countries, and for the economic and social development of the countries and their residents.
Among the issues agreed upon in the memorandum of understanding: encouragement of ties between public and private sector bodies as well as encouragement of investment in the private sector telecommunications fields of both sides; the establishment of a joint ecosystem for activities of entrepreneurs and investors in broadband infrastructure fields; smart city solutions, 5G and developing technologies such as IoT, M2M and more; cooperation on issues of regulation and international treaties in telecommunication fields, as well as in new technologies regarding the strength and security of telecommunications infrastructure; direct postal exchange agreements; and roaming agreements between operators from both countries.
Ministry Director-General Liran Avisar Ben Horin said, "The relations being created between the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain could not exist without the establishment of sustainable telecommunications infrastructure between the countries. The implementation of the memorandum of understanding that was signed creates a bridge between the countries and will later enable the development of economic and social relations between private and public sector entities of the two countries. The great technological developments that we are experiencing these days in the telecommunications market constitute an opportunity, and we intend to act in joint working groups in order to promote implementation of the most up-to-date technological advancements, in a way that will promote the economy, trade and peaceful relations between the two countries."