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The Israeli Tech Sector Does More to Tackle Economic Inequality Than Any Reform, Says Banker
Speaking at Calcalist’s annual Mind the Tech conference Thursday, Bank Leumi’s Shmulik Arbel said innovation could work to lower the cost of living
Omer Kabir | 12:16 14.04.2019
The Israeli technology sector does more for increasing economic growth and reducing social and economic inequality than any government reform, said Thursday Shmulik Arbel, head of the corporate division at Leumi. Arbel spoke at Calcalist’s annual Mind the Tech conference in New York. While the local industry is already the Israeli economy’s largest growth engine, Arbel said, it can do more to create jobs and boost wages, and also reduce the cost of living by disrupting traditional technologies and thus reducing the price of goods and services. The government must incentivize the industry by providing benefits not just to global giants such as Intel, but to smaller startups that could potentially become giants with the right support, he said.