Israel has launched a 225-million-shekel ($70.8 million) programme to boost high-tech developments in the Arab sector in the country.

The five-year plan, announced by the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) and the Ministry for Social Equality, on Wednesday, is set to encourage entrepreneurship and hi tech employment in the Arab communities, Xinhua news agency reported.

The programme includes the setup of entrepreneurship centres, technological accelerators to advance new ideas, angel clubs to recruit investors, and a technological incubator to promote Arab entrepreneurship.

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“Incorporating high-tech employees from the Arab sector is a highly important social, financial, and strategic need,” said Orit Farkash-Hacohen, Israel’s minister for innovation, science and technology.

In 2019, only one percent of high-tech employees in Israel were from Arab society, said a report published by the Bank of Israel.

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