What’s New at EDI – December 2016

What’s New at EDI – December 2016

December 14, 2016

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Leads Trade Delegation to Israel

Mississippi Governor Bryant made his third visit to Israel in the last 24 months in November heading a 22 person trade delegation of local exporters interested in pursuing business relationships with Israeli firms.  During his visit he spoke at NEXTECH, a major Israeli tech conference, meet with government leaders as well as representatives of Israel’s defense industry to discuss their locating US facilities in Mississippi.  EDI represents the trade and investment interests of the state in the Middle East.  Following his visit senior executives of the Mississippi Development Authority travelled to Jordan and the UAE to explore potential in those two locations as well, accompanied by EDI Special Events Manager, Aviva Lewis.

Illinois Hosts Meeting of its Overseas Representatives

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will host a confab of its overseas representatives from December 4-10.  During the visit the group will meet with state officials, participate in an event honoring top exporters and will meet with a variety of companies interested in exploring export opportunities.  EDI represents the trade and investment interests of Illinois in the Middle East.  EDI Trade Director Seth Vogelman will represent EDI at the event.

EDI Hosts Hong Kong’s Secretary of Economic Development & Commerce

During the week of November 13th EDI hosted the Honorable Mr. Greg So, Hong Kong’s Secretary of Commerce & Economic Development.  He visited Israel to meet with officials of the Israeli Ministries of Economy and Tourism to bring them up to date on opportunities in Hong Kong.  He also paid a courtesy call on the Chinese Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Zhan Yongxin and met with a number of Israeli startups to speak about opportunities for them in Hong Kong.  Invest Hong Kong is the foreign direct investment promotion arm for the Special Administrative Region.  EDI has represented the interests of InvestHK in Israel for the last four years.  EDI VP for Strategy & Business Development, Michael Platt, hosted Mr. So.

International Business Group to Meet in Williamsburg, Virginia in December

The International Business Group (IBG), an association of 20 business development companies worldwide will hold its annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia during the week of December 4th.  EDI is a founding member of the group whose members span the globe from Australia to Singapore, India, South Africa, Europe, the US and Central & South America as well.  The meeting will interface with that of SIDO, the State International Development Organizations, Inc., who are holding their winter meeting in the same city.  Among other activities, IBG will host a dinner for the SIDO delegates.

 EDI to Participate in Annual Meeting of Invest Hong Kong Worldwide Office Representatives

During the week of December 4th, Invest Hong Kong will host its worldwide representatives for a strategy session at its headquarters in Hong Kong.  With close to 60 offices worldwide, the conclave provides an opportunity for the foreign and domestic staffs to interface and for the visitors to interact with the Hong Kong business community as well.  EDI has recently been awarded a contract to represent Invest Hong Kong in Israel for another two years.  EDI VP for Strategy & Business Development, Michael Platt, will represent EDI at the event.