Israel has signed a deal with Google to improve the Jewish state’s governmental technology.
The search engine giant has agreed to work with Israeli officials to better e-government services and support Israeli startups, in a deal signed by Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Google Israel CEO Meir Brand.
In turn, the Jewish state will share ideas and brainstorm with the tech company.
“The MOU [memorandum of understanding] 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,” said a statement from the Ministry of Finance.
The deal will foster relationships between government and developers, and encourage cooperation with Ben Gurion University, including a scholarship program for engineering, computers and public policy students.