Tuesday,9 in February 2021 Latin America Israel’s great opportunities in energy around Latin America Latin America’s energy challenges and how Israel can be an important partner in finding sustainable solutions Latin American countries have seen in recent decades an increase in the urban middle-class population, resulting in a growth of the regional energy demand. By the same time, about 30 million Latin Americans still do not have access to electricity and another 34 million do not have access to clean drinking water. Therefore, there is an urgent need to increase the access of these countries to energy sources, both in quantity and quality, to more green and renewable fountains- where global warming forces combined pollution levels caused by the use of fossil fuels forces us to raise a new energy paradigm based on alternative sources. Investing in energy is crucial to promote economic growth and to combat poverty and inequality, since a country which has more access to energy tends to show greater levels of development. The State of Israel, a world leader in innovation and technology, has been improving its channels and creating partnerships between governments, private companies and NGOs in order to provide solutions for the energy issue in developing countries. A project that is already taking place is the Smart City of Laguna in Northeast Region of Brazil, where three Israeli companies participated in the project: Magos, a manufacturer of safety radar; GreenIQ, a system that controls irrigation based on the weather forecast, saving up to 50% water; and Pixtier, a cloud platform that provides 3D maps, enabling efficient city planning and management. Israeli investment in Latin America is still minor but has great growth potential. Moreover, projects that already exist in other parts of the world, as in African developing countries, could be implemented in the region. The Israeli Company, EnergiyaGlogal, has the mission of providing affordable solar projects worldwide, where developing nations would be powered predominantly by clean, safe and renewable energy. The company is already operating in Uganda, Africa, where in 2014 closed on $23.7 million in financing on an 8.5-megawatt field on the grounds of a village for orphans of the Rwandan genocide. Another example is the Lumos Company, which sells off-grid solar power kits, enabling customers to purchase electricity through their mobile phones. In an attempt to attract international investors, Latin American countries are discussing the possibility of tax benefits for technology companies that might invest in the region. Moreover, in the particular case of Brazil, the relationship between the Israeli and Brazilian government has never been better, when, beyond other achievements, important agreements were signed in the areas of science, technology and innovation for startup development. This is just the beginning of what can become an important partnership between Israel and Latin America and other developing countries, what would eventually contribute to expanding Israeli partnerships worldwide while providing access to energy sources of the developing world, and the benefits that the many uses of energy offer us.