Promotion of Traditional Industries and the Periphery is a Step Towards the Israel 15 Vision

The Makov Committee recommended to the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor to redefine the concept "periphery". A richer understanding of this concept will improve decision makers' ability to address issues that require government action.

The Makov committee for promotion of the traditional industries and the periphery in Israel presented its initial recommendations to the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor.

The committee states that promotion of the periphery depends on increasing productivity in traditional industries by supporting and improving innovation, R&D, employee training and work processes. Development of traditional industries in Israel should be guided by their competitive potential in the global market.

Promoting the periphery and traditional industries is a step towards achieving the Israel 15 Vision - placing Israel among the 15 leading countries in terms of Quality of Life within fifteen years.

The committee's recommendations call for a redefinition of the periphery concept by taking socio-economic status into account. This recommendation represents an understanding that geographic distance alone is insufficient in identifying issues that require government action.

This begs the question - Do other factors improve understanding of the periphery too, like the quality of community life, the ability to economically self-support oneself, the ability to withstand sudden economic changes, and the ability to advance in life and to acquire human capital that allows profitable employment?

A richer and refined understanding of this concept will improve the ability of decision makers to address issues that require government action and to allocate public funds.

For further information, see:

Israel 15 Vision

Sources

Ora Koren, Haaretz, 10/09/07, full article (Hebrew only).

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, 10/8/07, press release (Hebrew only).