What's New at EDI - October 2019

What’s New at EDI – October 2019

October 17, 2019

“Bring the World to Pennsylvania” Held in September

The Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development hosted 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 visited all 10 of the state’s economic development regions and, in each location, meet one on one with local companies interested in exploring further international trade opportunities.  EDI’s Trade Director, Seth Vogelman, represented 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 Promotes Exports to the Middle East

During the week of September 5th EDI’s Trade Director, Seth Vogelman, was in Delaware to meet with local companies interested in exploring export opportunities in the Middle East.  The visit also served as a recruiting vehicle for the state’s planned trade mission to Israel in March, 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 Israel and the Middle East.

Invest Hong Kong’s Jayne KC Chan Visits Israel in September

Jayne KC Chan, Head of StartMeUpHK, visited Israel in September and met with post-early stage tech companies considering Hong Kong as a location for their Asian headquarters.  Invest Hong Kong regularly sends their senior people to all of their overseas offices to support the work of the local representatives.  Atid EDI Ltd. represents the interest of Invest Hong Kong in Israel.

Invest Hong Kong to Exhibit at Israel-China Summit

As in 2018, Invest Hong Kong, the foreign direct investment attraction arm of the government there will have a booth at the Israel-China Summit.  The event will take place on October 31st at the Avenue Event Space near Airport City outside Tel Aviv.  EDI has represented the investment attraction efforts of Hong Kong in Israel for the last seven years and will manage their presence at this event as well.

Ukraine Mission to Israel Schedule for Late November

The Ukraine Export Promotion Office will sponsor a mission of eight food sector companies to Israel at the end of November.  The companies will display their wares at Ukraine’s booth at ISRAFOOD 2019 in Tel Aviv, the annual international event for the food and hotel industry.  EDI, in its role as trade consultants to the EPO, will arrange B2B meetings for each of the companies and will physically administer the booth as well.   This is the fourth mission that EDI has handled for the EPO in the last 18 months with a sixth planned for Turkey in early 2020..

Cedar Park, Texas Delegation to Visit Israel    

In mid-November the Mayor, City Manager and Economic Development Director of Cedar Park, Texas, a suburb of Austin will be in Israel to meet local companies interested in exploring business opportunities in the state.  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 will join him for a longer visit of five days.  EDI is organizing and accompanying this visit.

New Mexico Governor to Visit Israel

Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Governor of New Mexico will be in Israel the week of November 18th as part of a Democratic Governor’s Mission which also includes the governors of Maine and Rhode Island.  During the visit, in addition to political and government related visits, Governor Grisham will meet with companies considering opening operations in the western U.S.  The governors will also be hosted at a special dinner on the 18th sponsored by the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in which EDI will participate as well.  EDI has represented the trade and investment interests of New Mexico in Israel for the last 15 years.

EDI to Conduct Kentucky Trade Webinar

On November 12th, in cooperation with the Kentucky World Trade Center, EDI will conduct a webinar for local companies interested in exploring export opportunities in the Middle East.  It is expected that 30-40 local companies will participate.  The webinar emanates from visits that EDI made to Kentucky in June and November 2018 in an effort to make companies there aware of the opportunities in this region.

Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation (IALF) Coming to 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 will visit 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.