Israel to Help Develop Barren Regions in Bolivia; Agreement Signed

A program of technical aid and cultural interchange between Bolivia and Israel is provided in agreements signed by Dr. Michael Simon, Israel’s Ambassador to Peru and Minister to Bolivia, on a visit to Bolivia. Dr. Simon said that both countries have elevated Israel legations to Embassies during his visit and that he signed two agreements with the Government of Bolivia for the programs.

The technical aid program will be aimed at development of present barren regions in Bolivia through settlement of farmers with Israel aid on afforestation, fish breeding in artificial lakes, creation of agricultural cooperatives and preparation of the soil. Specialists from Israel will assist in the program. A Bolivian delegation will go to Israel to study parallel problems.

The second agreement provides for exchange of teachers, books, art objects and cultural films. The University of La Paz has requested an Israeli specialist on solar energy. Dr. Simon said he was told by Victor Pas Estenssoro, President of Bolivia, that great interest existed in the South American country in Israel’s technical cooperation.

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