Delaware Mission to Israel Headed by Governor Markell

Delaware Mission to Israel Headed by Governor Markell

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The Delware delegation met with various officials including officials from the Ministry of Economy (left) and President Shimon Peres (right).


In early July, Delaware Governor Jack Markell headed a trade and political delegation to Israel.  The week before, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware Myron Steele visited along with representatives of the state’s legal community.  EDI, in its role as the local representative office of the Delaware Secretary of State, coordinated and accompanied both elements of the mission.

The judicial aspect of the visit was designed to promote reforms in Israel’s corporate registration laws to enable Israeli companies to list more easily on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.  The Chief Justice, accompanied by the immediate past president of the Delaware Bar Association, Ben Strauss, along with others from Delaware, met with jurists, stock exchange executives and the like to encourage Israel to make these beneficial changes.

During the mission, state officials also promoted Delaware as an ideal East Coast location for tech development as well as a collaboration destination for Israeli R&D efforts. .

The eight-member political delegation met with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US Ambassador Daniel Shapiro and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange President Esther Levanon.  The group also held talks at the Economy and Trade Ministry, the Israel National Economic Council, DuPont Israel (Delaware’s largest commercial presence in Israel), Teva Pharmaceutical Industries as well as venture capital firms and incubators across the country.  Delaware businessmen also attended personalized meetings with relevant Israeli companies, all arranged by EDI.