What's New at EDI - October 2016

What’s New at EDI – October 2016

October 9, 2016

Pennsylvania International Week Observed from September 12-23.

Pennsylvania, including Governor Tom Wolf, hosted its international trade and investment representatives over a ten working day period beginning September 12th (image left).  During those two weeks, the overseas visitors met with companies in each of the 10 economic development regions who were interested in looking at new export opportunities for their firms.  Trade Director Seth Vogelman represented EDI at the event.  EDI has represented the trade and investment interests of Pennsylvania in the Middle East for the last 20 years.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant to Lead Trade Delegation to Israel

Mississippi Governor Bryant will make his third visit to Israel in the last 24 months heading a trade delegation of local exporters interested in pursuing business relationships with Israeli firms.  During his visit, he will speak at the NexTech Be’er-Sheva conference, meet with government leaders as well as representatives of Israel’s defense industry to discuss their locating US facilities in Mississippi.  EDI represents the trade and investment interests of the state in the Middle East.  Following his visit, senior executives of the Mississippi Development Authority will travel to Jordan and the UAE to explore potential in those two locations as well, accompanied by EDI Trade Director Seth Vogelman.

Illinois to Host Meeting of its Overseas Representatives

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will host a confab of its overseas representatives from December 4-10.  During the visit, the group will meet with state officials, participate in an event honoring top exporters and will meet with a variety of companies interested in exploring export opportunities.  EDI represents the trade and investment interests of Illinois in the Middle East.

EDI Participates in Delaware International Confab

EDI Trade Director Seth Vogelman was in Delaware the week of September 5th when the state hosted its international trade and investment representatives.  He joined colleagues from Canada, Germany, Korea and Mexico who, during the course of the week, met with Delaware exporters interested in exploring market opportunities in these various regions.  EDI has represented the trade and investment interests in the region as well as those of the Delaware Secretary of State for the last 20 years.


EDI President Speaks at Mega-Church in Idaho

EDI President Sherwin Pomerantz spoke to the congregation of Deer Flat Church in Caldwell, Idaho on September 13th. In an address entitled “Behold an Economic Miracle:  How Israel Became the Start-Up Nation” he covered both the history and the challenges that face Israel in maintaining its position as the second largest startup eco system in the world after the U.S.

Toronto Export Event Held September 19-20

Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration & International Trade hosted a two day event in Toronto on September 19-20 where local companies interested in exploring export opportunities in Israel and the region were able to get more information about this important topic.  Held at the Ontario Investment and Trade Center in Toronto, companies had the opportunity to meet EDI personnel and discuss options for increased business activity.  EDI represents the trade and investment promotion interests of the Province of Ontario in Israel.

EDI Hosts Invest Hong Kong Executive in Israel

During the week of September 13th, EDI hosted Simon Tsang, Head of Innovation & Technology for Invest Hong Kong.  He visited Israel to meet with local companies in this sector who are contemplating opening facilities in Hong Kong.  Invest Hong Kong is the foreign direct investment promotion arm for the Special Administrative Region.  EDI has represented the interests of InvestHK in Israel for the last four years.  EDI VP for Strategy & Business Development Michael Platt and Business Development Associate Jacob Elbert hosted Mr. Tsang.