JERUSALEM (JTA) — Google and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding in which the tech giant agreed to provide technological services to the Israeli government.
Under the agreement signed Tuesday by Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Google Israel CEO Meir Brand, Google will help improve e-government services and open government, as well as support Israeli start-ups.
Israel reportedly will share ideas and information with the company.
The agreement “was formulated as part of the 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,” the Finance Ministry said in a statement.
Google also will sponsor a scholarship program with Ben-Gurion University for engineering, computer science and public policy students.