The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Israel-based Galilee International Institute of Management today signed an agreement to award 500 postgraduate scholarships to students from the Americas in courses on sustainable development, economic diversification, education, trade and strengthening of democratic institutions.
"This program will provide the opportunity to citizens of OAS member states to be trained in a variety of short-term professional development courses ranging from 12 to 14 days in Nahalal, Israel," said the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, after signing the agreement at the Organization's headquarters in Washington, DC.
Almagro noted that the OAS has "a long history of collaboration and partnerships" with the government and institutions in Israel, and thanked the Galilee International Institute of Management "for its generous offer and contribution to the development of the OAS member states."
The President of the Institute, Joseph Shevel, stressed the role of scientific research in the development of his country, and said that despite its limited natural resources, Israel is a major producer of food and other products.
"As an example, water is a scarce commodity on the planet, and in Israel we reuse 85 percent of the water we use. Through this agreement, we want to share our experiences with Latin America and the Caribbean," he added.
The program will provide 500 scholarships throughout 2017 for civil servants and high-level private sector employees with undergraduate studies.