What’s News at EDI – December 2015

What’s News at EDI – December 2015

December 8, 2015

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Leads Delegation to Israel in November

The Mississippi Department of Economic Development brought a trade mission to Israel in November led by the state’s governor, Phil Bryant.  This was the governor’s second visit to Israel in 12 months having been here with a trade mission in November 2014 as well.  In addition to meeting government officials, the Governor spoke at the AUVSI Conference (unmanned systems technology) and met with companies interested in considering locating in Mississippi.  He was accompanied by Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, 12 company representatives as well as a significant group of state officials interested to learn about work force development in Israel.  EDI planned and organized the visit for the state.

IBG Members from 13 Countries Visit Israel in December

EDI’s colleagues from 13 countries who are members of the International Business Group (IBG) were in Israel during early December for strategy meetings and to interact with companies in Israel seeking market entry in these various countries.  IBG is a 15 year old association of twenty business development consulting groups spread around the world.  Representatives from Brazil, the US, Canada, South Africa, India, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Germany, the Netherlands and Central Europe were in Israel for the event.  In addition to the group strategy meetings, the delegates held over 400 one-on-one meetings in one day with Israeli companies with an interest in those markets.   EDI, as a founding member of IBG, hosted and planned the event.

Delaware Secretary of State and Local Lawyers will Visit Israel in January

During the first week of January Delaware’s Secretary of State, Jeffrey Bullock, will lead a 10 person delegation of lawyers in a visit to Israel to discuss changes in Delaware law as it relates to Israeli companies registered there.  The group will meet with various law firms and will participate in an all-day session on January 7th sponsored by the Israel Bar Association for its membership to learn more about corporate legal developments in the state.  EDI, in its role representing Delaware in Israel, will coordinate and plan the visit.

Indiana Cyber Mission Planning Israel Visit in January

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) will lead a group of local companies involved in cyber-security who will visit Israel for Cybertech 2016 Conference & Exhibition in mid-January.  The impetus of the visit came from an earlier visit to Indiana sponsored by SIBAT, the commercialization arm of Israel’s Ministry of Defense and they will host the major part of the mission.  EDI, in its role as IEDC’s representative in Israel, will augment the programming.

Michigan Cyber Mission Planned for January

Concomitant with the visit of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to Israel in January, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will bring a delegation of cyber security companies to Israel and Jordan to participate, as well, in Cybertech 2016 in Israel.  EDI has been engaged to plan and coordinate the visit.

EDI VP Jonathan Sternberg in Hong Kong in December

EDI Vice President of Business Development, Jonathan Sternberg, is travelling to Hong Kong in mid-December for the annual meeting of Invest Hong Kong’s overseas representatives.  EDI has been representing Invest Hong Kong in Israel for the past three years and, based on its successful performance, will have its role increased by 100% for 2016.  Jonathan is the Project Manager for this effort.

Illinois to Exhibit at Arab Health in Dubai in January

Illinois will bring 10 local companies to the Arab Health 2016 conference and exhibition to be held in Dubai, UAE in January.  This will be the fourth year that the state has taken a booth at Arab Health.  EDI, in its role as the state’s regional trade and investment representative, is managing the effort and setting dozens of one-on-one meetings for Illinois companies with potential business partners in the Gulf.