What's New at EDI - July 2019

What’s New at EDI – July 2019

July 15, 2019

Invest Hong Kong Exhibits at Fintech Junction

EDI exhibited recently at Israel’s premier Fintech event, Fintech Junction, in its capacity as consultant office of Invest Hong Kong in Israel.  The booth facilitated discussions with companies and other players in the local and international Fintech ecosystems about business opportunities in Hong Kong and the upcoming Hong Kong Fintech Week in November 2019.  EDI VP Business Development and InvestHK Lead Consultant Michael Platt participated in a panel about digital transformation in the banking industry to discuss relevant developments in Hong Kong.

Ukraine Agro Mission Visits Israel

Early July saw a mission of 10 Ukrainian agricultural/food product exporters in Israel seeking market opportunities in this sector.  The group had site visits to agriculture/food related companies in the country and held a number of pre-arranged B2B meetings with Israeli companies in Tel Aviv, including importers, distributors, etc.  In this context, EDI is an authorized consultant to the GO ISRAEL program being implemented in 2019-20 and funded by the EU4Business initiative and implemented by the EBRD.  The program includes three trade missions and other business opportunities, with this agro/food mission being the first.  The 2nd mission in the program is planned for the food sector in November at Israfood, while the 3rd mission in early 2020 will focus on on “light industries” such as textiles and clothing.  EDI also serves as Authorized Consultant to Ukraine’s Export Promotion Office and organized 2 trade missions on its behalf in 2018.

Indiana Secretary of Commerce to Visit Israel in July

In mid-July, Jim Schellinger, Indiana’s Secretary of Commerce (and Chair of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.) will visit Israel to meet with Israeli companies considering Indiana as a possible location for their US operations.  He will be accompanied by IEDC’s Chief Information Officer Dave Roberts and Associate Vice-President for Domestic & International Operations Jake Miller.  During the visit, he will also meet with representatives of some of the 7 Israeli companies already present in Indiana and conduct an informational event for the local tech business community.  EDI represents the foreign direct investment promotion interests of Indiana in Israel.

Bring the World to Pennsylvania Scheduled for September

The Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development will host all of their international trade representatives for a two-week road show in the state from September 12-23.  During those two weeks, the representatives will visit all 10 economic development regions in the state and, in each location, meet one on one with local companies interested in exploring further international trade opportunities.  EDI’s Trade Director, Seth Vogelman, will represent the company at the event.  EDI is now in its 23rd year of representing the export promotion interests of the state in the Middle East.

Delaware to Promote Exports to the Middle East

During the week of September 5th, EDI’s Trade Director, Seth Vogelman, will be in Delaware to meet with local companies interested in exploring export opportunities in the Middle East.  The visit will also serve as a recruiting vehicle for the state’s planned trade mission to Israel in February 2020.  During that mission, the Secretary of State’s Office will be in Israel as well to meet with law firms given the large number of Israeli companies whose US operations are registered in Delaware.  EDI is now in its 22nd year of representing the trade and corporate registration interests of the state in the Middle East.