Business Line : Industry & Economy / Info-tech : Pilot seeks Israeli collaboration in IT sector Jerusalem, June 1: New Delhi has invited Israeli hi-tech industry into the IT sector in efforts to take it to nook and corner of India. â€œI am here to call upon all of you to collaborate with us in efforts to bring IT to all parts of India. Given the advancement made in Israel in the sector, it presents a wonderful opportunity for a symbiotic relationship,â€ the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, Mr Sachin Pilot said. He was addressing a conference of the Israeli Hiâ€”tech Industry Association as the keynote speaker. â€œIsraeli companies are already operating in India. We can learn from each other. There is a tremendous opportunity for collaboration and joint venturesâ€, the Indian minister said. Echoing similar sentiments, Israel Minister for Communication, Mr Moshe Kachlon said, â€œIsrael would definitely like to partner with India in its efforts to use technology for the common goodâ€. â€œOur government has identified India as a major trade destination and we see a huge opportunity for cooperationâ€, Mr Kachlon said. Speaking to PTI, he said, â€œThe UPA government is committed to spreading out the existing infrastructure to connect every Panchayat with broadband connectionâ€. He added that the new Telecom policy to be announced by the end of this year will emphasise on creating world class IT based infrastructure that will â€œhelp mitigate a lot of peopleâ€™s daily trials and tribulations in the rural areasâ€. Reeling under the impact of the 2G spectrum case, the minister stressed that â€œtransparency and stabilityâ€ are going to be the keywords in the New Telecom Policy 2011. â€œAll the decisions are being taken in a very transparent manner and discussed on a round table. People of India must have access to the best quality of services at the cheapest pricesâ€, he said. On the technology front, the government is adopting a â€œtechnology neutralâ€ policy and the market forces will decide what to accept, he said. Touching on the Indoâ€”Israel bilateral relations, Pilot said the two sides have been working towards a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which is likely to come through some time soon and give a big boost to the bilateral trade relations. Starting at a figure of $200 million per annum when diplomatic relations were established between the two countries, bilateral trade has taken a quantum jump touching the $4.7 billion mark last year. A CII delegation participating at the conference signed an MoU with Hiâ€”Tech Industry Association (HTIA) of Israel to create a framework for collaboration between both parties to spur cross border innovation and entrepreneurship.