What’s New at EDI - January 2020

What’s New at EDI – January 2020

January 2, 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to Visit Israel

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf along with his wife, Francine, will be in Israel in early January.  After a week as a tourist in the country, he will spend three days promoting inward investment into Pennsylvania.  He will meet with government officials, as well as numerous local companies while in Israel.   EDI is arranging the visit in its role as the Commonwealth’s representative office which is now in its 23rd consecutive year of operation.

Ontario to Bring 8 Companies to Cybertech Israel 2020

The Province of Ontario has recruited eight local Cybertech companies to participate in the Cybertech Israel 2020 conference and exhibition in Tel Aviv from January 28-30.  EDI has been engaged to schedule and administer the B2B meetings at the Ontario Booth for those companies. 

Illinois to Bring 8 Companies to Arab Health 2020

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has recruited eight local life science companies to participate in the Arab Health 2020 conference and exhibition in Dubai, UAE from January 27-30.  EDI, in its role as DCEO’s representative in the region for the last 15 years, schedules and administers the B2B meetings at the Illinois booth at the show.  This will be the 10th year in the row that Illinois is present with a booth in the show.

Invest Hong Kong Professional Leadership to Visit Israel in February

Mid-February will see the arrival in Israel of InvestHK Director General Steven Phillips, followed by Assistant Director General, Vincent Tang.  The Director General will be in Israel to participate in the Our Crowd Summit as well as to meet with Israeli companies considering locating in Hong Kong.  The next week Vincent Tang will be in Israel to meet with multipliers.  EDI represents InvestHK in Israel.

Ukraine Missions to Turkey & Israel Scheduled

The Ukraine Export Promotion Office will sponsor a mission of eight food sector companies to Turkey in mid-February.  The companies will promote their wares via B2B meetings in Istanbul set by EDI’s associate in Turkey.  In March the EPO will also bring a light industries mission to Israel for similar activity.  EDI, in its role as trade consultants to the EPO, arranges such visits to the region on a regular basis.   These will be the fifth and sixth missions that EDI has handled for the EPO in the last 22 months..

Delaware Promotes Exports to the Middle East

In early March Delaware will be visiting Israel with local companies interested in exploring this market.  In addition, representatives of the Secretary of State’s Office and Delaware attorneys will be in Israel as well to meet with accountants and attorneys to promote U.S. corporate registration in Delaware. This, given the large number of Israeli companies whose US operations are registered in Delaware.  EDI is now in its 23rd year of representing the trade and corporate registration interests of the state in Israel and the Middle East.

Invest Hong Kong Hosts Their Oversea Consultants

In early December Invest Hong Kong held their annual week long meeting of overseas representatives.  The event gives their entire staff an opportunity to interface with each other and to expose the foreign representatives to the current benefits of locating in Hong Kong.  InvestHK’s Lead Consultant in Israel, Michael Horesh, represented the Israel Office.  Atid EDI Ltd. represents the interests of Invest Hong Kong in Israel.

Cedar Park, Texas Opens Investment Attraction Office in Israel    

After a successful mid-November visit to Israel by the Mayor, City Manager and Economic Development Director of Cedar Park, Texas (a suburb of Austin) the City opened an Israel-based investment attraction office in Israel in December.  Ben White, the Director of Economic Development, was in Israel for the first time in March on a visit organized by EDI and determined that it was worth a return trip to pursue opportunities further.  This time the Mayor and City Manager joined him for a longer visit of five days.  EDI organized the visit and accompanied them as well as they made their calls.  Given the success of the visit the decision was made to establish a representative office in Israel. EDI will handle those responsibilities for the city.

New Mexico Governor Visits Israel

Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Governor of New Mexico was in Israel during the week of November 18th as part of a Democratic Governor’s Mission which also included the governors of Maine and Rhode Island.  During the visit, in addition to political and government related visits, Governor Grisham met with companies considering opening operations in the western U.S.  EDI has represented the trade and investment interests of New Mexico in Israel for the last 15 years.

Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation (IALF) Visits Israel

IALF will bring the 2020 graduating class of agricultural executives to Kenya and Israel in March 2020.  In preparation for that visit the professional leadership team visited Israel in early November to do the pre-planning for that mission.  EDI has been engaged to handle both visits and plan the mission in cooperation with IALF.  EDI is also the Middle East regional trade and investment representative of the Illinois Department of Commerce.