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The city of Chicago and the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, founded by former President Shimon Peres, entered into a cooperation memorandum on Monday to promote cooperation on inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship.
The memorandum is the first international collaboration for the Jaffa-based center and was signed by the departing mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, and Peres Center chairman Chemi Peres, the son of the former president.
The main areas of cooperation under the agreement are cooperation on innovation, where the parties work together to establish access points in the business, academic and governmental sectors of Chicago and Israel; community development, to ensure that economic growth has a positive impact in all local communities; and knowledge exchange and partnership between the parties.
"Shimon Peres believed in the transforming power of technology and innovation as a path to peace, and we are proud in Chicago to create an environment that makes such agreements possible," said Emanuel, who will be succeeded by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. on May 20.
"Throughout the country and increasingly around the world, our city is known as an emerging technology and innovation hub with the backbone of staff and education that can support this. Finally, a more inclusive, connected world is a more peaceful world, and this one agreement will keep the city of Chicago at the forefront of those efforts. "
Founded in 1996, the Peres Center seeks to develop and implement programs to promote prosperous Israel, promote Israeli innovation and pave the way for a more peaceful future between the citizens of Israel and peace with the neighboring countries of the country.
"In today's interconnected world, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship can be used to build bridges between people and nations, promote prosperity for all and create a better future," said Chemi Peres, who is also the global partner and co manager. founder of Pitango, one of the largest venture capital funds in Israel.
"In the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation we see and work on an Israel and a region where people from all walks of life come together in cooperation and partnership and design their future innovatively and proactively – a future of peace. Establish the first international agreement from the Peres Center in the city of Chicago, with its global view and reach, but a unique American story. "
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