What’s News at EDI – January 2016

What’s News at EDI – January 2016

January 3, 2016

Delaware Secretary of State and Lawyers will Visit Israel in January

During the first week of January, Delaware 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 as 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 the CyberTech Show 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 Trade 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 companies to Israel to participate in the CyberTech Show and to hold one-on-one meetings with Israeli firms.  EDI has been engaged to plan and coordinate the visit.

Illinois to Exhibit at Arab Health in Dubai in January

EDI Trade Director Seth Vogelman will accompany 10 Illinois companies to the Arab Health 2016 conference and exhibition to be held in Dubai, UAE on 25-28 January.  This will be the fourth year that the state, through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), has sponsored 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 to meet with potential business partners in the Gulf.  Seth will help administer the booth and facilitate the meetings.

EDI Assisting Georgia Economic Development at Arab Health 2016

EDI will also be assisting the Georgia Department of Economic Development in arranging meetings for companies who will be exhibiting at Arab Health 2016.  With significant commercial depth in the GCC countries, EDI is well positioned to provide this type of assistance to U.S. companies traveling to the region.

SelectUSA Event Scheduled for January 20th in Tel Aviv

The U.S. Commercial Service in cooperation with the American State Offices Association will be hosting a SelectUSA event in Tel Aviv on January 20th for Israeli companies considering opening a facility in the U.S.  The event, comprised of a series of 30 minute one-on-one meetings with the 14 state representatives resident in Israel, is being coordinated by EDI in its role as Chair of the American State Offices Association. 

IBG Members from 13 Countries Visited Israel in December

EDI’s colleagues from 13 countries who are members of the International Business Group (IBG) travelled to 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 interested in those markets.  EDI, as a founding member of IBG, hosted and planned the event.

EDI VP Jonathan Sternberg Visited Hong Kong in December

EDI Vice President of Business Development Jonathan Sternberg, travelled 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 has been the Project Manager for this effort.