What's New at EDI - June 2018

What’s New at EDI – June 2018

June 12, 2018

Indiana Governor Holcomb Visits Israel

Eric Holcomb, the Governor of Indiana, visited Israel in early May to participate in the Agritech Israel 2018 Conference & Exhibition and meet with Israeli government officials as well as Israeli businesses considering locating a facility in the U.S. He was accompanied by Bruce Kettler, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, as well as other state officials. During the visit, an MOU was signed to foster industrial cooperation between the agritech communities of Indiana and Israel. EDI represents the investment interests of Indiana in Israel.

Invest Hong Kong Director General Visits Israel

Stephen Phillips, the Director General of Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) visited Israel in mid-May as part of his desire to meet with InvestHK representatives in Europe. This was Phillips’ first duty visit to Israel since assuming the DG’s activities earlier in 2017. EDI hosted him during the visit as part of the company’s responsibilities as the Israel representative of InvestHK.

Ontario Exhibits at MIXiii Biomed Israel 2018

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade once again organized a delegation to attend the MIXiii Biomed Israel 2018 Conference and Exhibition in mid-May in Tel Aviv. Five Ontario life science companies participated in the booth in their desire to increase the level of commercial activity between Ontario and Israel. EDI represents the trade and investment interests of Ontario in Israel.

Ontario Hosts International Trade Representatives

The Ontario Ministry of International Trade will host their overseas representatives for a week-long visit from June 11-15. During the visit the representatives will meet with companies in the Toronto, London and North Bay areas as well as with members of the Ministry’s staff. EDI’s Trade Director, Seth Vogelman, will participate on EDI’s behalf. EDI represents the trade and investment interests of Ontario in Israel.

Five State Marketing Trip Planned for June

The last week of June will see EDI, along with five colleagues from the International Business Group (www.ibgglobal.com), traveling to five U.S. states to market the groups’ export and investment promotion activities. IBG is composed of 22 companies servicing 60 markets across the globe. States included in this visit will be Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Meetings are scheduled with state Departments of Commerce, Chambers of Commerce and World Trade Centers. EDI’s CEO Sherwin Pomerantz will be joined by colleagues from Korea, India, Mexico, South Africa and the U.S. EDI is a founding member of IBG.

Special Event:  Dealing with the New US-Israel Defense Pact

 On Monday, July 2nd EDI, in cooperation with BDO Ziv Haft CPAs and the Fox Rothschild law firm, will host a seminar for Israeli defense sub-contractors on how to deal with the regulations attendant to the new US-Israel Defense Pact.  Regulations that will come into play over the next few years will change the qualification requirements for local companies who provide manufacturing capability to major Israeli defense suppliers.  The session at BDO’s Tel Aviv headquarters will cover the legal, financial and operational issues related to the agreement.  To register and for more information go to:  https://www.bdo.co.il/en-gb/events/july-2nd-new-regulations-usa-israel-defense-aid

Official Ukrainian Trade Mission to Israel

Ukraine’s Export Promotion Office (EPO) is bringing a trade mission from the Ukraine to Israel in late July. Over twelve companies representing the IT and Furniture sectors will be in Israel for three days to learn about the local market and to meet Israeli companies interested in cooperative arrangements with the Ukrainian firms. EDI’s Sherwin Pomerantz visited Kiev in May to speak at a promotional seminar for interested local companies to learn about the trade mission. EDI will organize B2B meetings, site visits, briefings and more during the visit.

University of Illinois Agriculture Mission to Israel

The University of Illinois plans to bring a mission to Israel in July to bolster cooperation between the agritech sectors in both locations. 15 representatives from the University will be in Israel for this purpose and will meet with various contacts involved in Israel’s highly advanced agritech sector. EDI will be responsible for setting the bulk of the meetings for the group in its role representing the interests of the University of Illinois in Israel.