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New Program Brings US Business Execs to Israel
The US Chamber of Commerce and the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce launched Business Israel today. The US Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with its Israel affiliate the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Israel), today launched Business Israel, a multi-year program to bring executives from leading business organizations across the US to Israel. The program launched with an inaugural mission led by Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs for the US Chamber. The delegation included seventeen CEOs and presidents from state and major metropolitan chambers of commerce from across the US. Read more…
CS Tel Aviv Teams with Local Chamber of Commerce to Promote U.S. Exports
CS Tel Aviv Specialists Alan Wielunski, Yael Torres, and Christina Azar took part in 40+ counseling meetings with Israeli firms seeking U.S. products and services to import to Israel. The meetings were organized by the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (FICC), a key USCS trade and investment partner. CS Tel Aviv specialists have already reached out to ODO teams and offices to find U.S. partners for the Israeli importers. Next steps will include a series of webinars produced with the FICC to promote the Israel market to U.S. firms.
Representatives of InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) visit Israel
On March 27th representatives of InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) visited Israel for the first time, to participate as guest speakers on in a Multimedia Conference and Exhibition. SCO Greg Briscoe and Commercial Specialist, Christina Azar met the three representatives to give them an overview of the Israeli Audio & Visual market, and discuss possible ways InfoComm and ISE can interact with the Israeli market
Visit to Al Arz Ice Cream Co. in Toubas
On March 28th SCO Greg Briscoe and Sr. Specialist Assad Barsoum visited Al Arz Ice Cream Co. in Nablus and Khaizaran Fresh Herbs (Agripal) in Toubas. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the state-of-the-art business operations of a Palestinian ice cream company and meet the owner of an agribusiness that employs around 1,000 and plans to invest in the United States. As a follow-on to CS West Bank’s visit to the northern parts of the West Bank, Sr. Specialist Assad Barsoum will be providing Al-Arz Ice Cream Co. with US suppliers of skimmed milk powder and pistachios. He will also provide Agripal with guidance on investing in the US by working closely with the SelectUSA Office at HQ.
Organized Workshop for U.S. Company DigitalTown Visiting Israel
On February 6th, CS Christina Azar organized a workshop for DigitalTown Inc. as US based company under the Business Facilitation Company. DigitalTown Inc. provides platform that enables users to meet various social challenges while taking part in a larger framework for local economic development, civic engagement, and digital inclusion all while keep funds in local economies as they roam from city to city. The workshop took place at the Tel Aviv public Library which included 20 people from various municipalities and start-up companies from all over the country. Guests who attended the workshop described it to be informative and are looking forward to cooperate with DigitalTown Inc. in the future. In addition to the workshop CS Christina played an essential role in rescheduling additional meetings with key player in the Israeli smart city sector.
Newly Appointed DAS Seward “Skip” Jones visits Israel
Mr. Kevin Stine, Chief of the Applied Cybersecurity Division at NIST visited Israel on January 29 - 31, 2017. As part of the Visit, Mr. Stine participated as a key speaker in a panel discussion on Global CyberSecurity at CyberTech2017 conference, where he addressed to new updated Cybersecurity Standards Framework and Center of Excellence Programs. In addition, Commercial Specialist Christina Azar organized, 3 full days of meetings that included a site visit to CyberSpark in BeerSheva, two roundtables hosted by Israel Innovation Authority, Israel-US Amcham and the BIRD foundation. As a follow up to this visit, CS Tel Aviv will conduct series of calls with Israeli cyber organization s to discuss NIST programs and guidelines
Welcoming Briefing for U.S. Firms Attending CyberTech 2017
On January 29th, CS Israel hosted a welcoming briefing for all U.S. firms attending CyberTech 2017. The briefing included presentations by the embassy’s Commercial, Economic and Political Counselors, as well as representative of the FBI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. As a guest speaker, Dr. Tal Steinherz, the CTO of the Israel National Cyber Directorate at the Prime Minister’s office provided an overview of the Israeli cyber industry. A total of 40 guests attended the U.S. Embassy Briefing.
SelectUSA Booth at CyberTech 2017
SelectUSA, for the 2nd year, held a booth at the 2017 Cybertech Conference to promote U.S. Israel cyber collaboration and encourage foreign direct investment into the United States. SelectUSA representative in Israel Sigal Mendelovich held meetings with Israeli companies in the Cyber field to highlight the U.S. as a premier destination for market expansion and to promote the upcoming SelectUSA Investment Summit. Cybertech is the most significant conference and exhibition of cyber technologies outside the Unites States
NextGen First Responder Technologies program offers grants for joint R&D projects
The DHS and the Israel Ministry of Public Security "NextGen First Responder Technologies" program offers grants for joint R&D projects. New proposals are due by February 15, 2017. Read more… http://www.birdf.com/?CategoryID=441
Governor Charles Baker and delegation visit to Israel
CS Israel welcomed the Massachusetts Governor Baker and First Lady and delegation to Israel. We worked closely with the New England-Israel Business Council NEIBC to organize a successful CMR reception. MA invited over one hundred Brandeis, Harvard and MIT alumni living in Israel.
CS Israel hosts round table with the Israel Innovation Authority - IAI
On December 14 CS Israel hosted a round table with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) and NIST to discuss government programs and best practices for advancing innovation in traditional industries. IIA briefed us on their traditional industries program and their interest in promoting R&D for those companies. NIST Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services, Phil Singerman, described the MEP program, which has a similar mission. He also described the Manufacturing USA program and discussed how Israeli companies could participate. Ms. Singerman stated that the DOC-IIA MOU provides a framework for cooperation between Israeli companies and specifically NIST advanced manufacturing extramural programs - MEP and MFGUSA - and that the issue of mutual benefit can perhaps be realized through the BIRD mechanism.
CS Israel participates in 3M 20 year anniversary celebration
The Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Leslie Tsou, SCO Gregory Briscoe and CS Christina Azar attending the 20 year anniversary celebration for 3M Israel. Ms. Tsou was the key note speaker at the ceremony, addressing the great milestone 3M Israel achieved, and congratulating 3M for maintaining a global competitiveness, by their ongoing collaboration between US and Israeli companies. Among the guests were 3M’s business partners, local distributors and employees
Investment in Rhode Island Seminer – SelectUSA
SelectUSA Israel in cooperation with the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce and Israel-America Chamber of Commerce organized “Discover the Advantages of Business Expansion in Rhode Island” round table for the Rhode Island trade and investment delegation, led by Ms. Hilary Fagan, Executive Vice President Business Development. The round table was a great success attended by 25 Israeli potential investors and service providers. Ms. Fagan talked about Rhode Island and its business proposition, Mr. Marc Lewin talked about tax incentives and Mr. Evan Smith highlighted the incredible quality of life in the Ocean Sate and its business environment.
Rhode Island Trade Mission to Israel 2016
CS Israel welcomed the Rhode Island trade mission to Israel consisting of state officials, private business firms and university reps. We worked closely with the RI Commerce Corporation and Nevel International Ltd to setup B2B mtgs for the companies, organize a Country Market Briefing given by USCS, ECON and POL and a successful DCMR networking reception hosted by DCM Tsou
Smart City World Congress in Barcelona
Commercial Specialist Christina Azar attended the Smart City World Congress in Barcelona, November 15 -17, 2016, organized by FIRA. CS Azar joined CS colleagues from Europe, HQ and the Domestic Field participated in 29 Global Chats, and had meetings with cities, utilities, and exhibiting companies. Months before the Smart City World Congress, CS Azar partnered with a local FIRA representative, who recruited over 130 people to attend the show, among them were Mayors, municipal CIO and private companies. CS Azar offered an added value service to Israeli companies would like to meet with US representatives.
Luncheon to Promote Travel And Tourism from Israel
EDMO CEO Gordon Haas gives the city key to Ms. Yael Barzilay, Commercial Director, United Airlines Israel, at a luncheon presentation, organized by CS Israel Yael Torres. United hosted the luncheon to promoted travel and tourism from Israel to Elizabeth.
CS Israel leads buyers delegation to IPW
CS Israel Commercial Specialist Yael Torres led a buyers' and travel media delegation to International Pow Wow, June 18-22, 2016 in New Orleans, where Israeli buyers collectively had over 250 business meetings, focusing on existing and new U.S. suppliers. Commercial Specialist Yael Torres met U.S. suppliers to discuss market opportunities, CS services and programs that can help raise the consumer awareness to respective destination profiles. Arrivals of Israeli residents into the United States in 2015 totaled 402,000, a 13% increase from 2014.
SelectUSA Summit 2016
On June 20, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro led a delegation of 20 Israeli companies, comprising 37 delegates, to the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington DC. All are interested in establishing or expanding a presence in the United States. In addition, the Israeli Embassy in DC, Ambassador Ron Dermer, hosted a reception for the Israel delegation at the U.S. capitol hill, inviting members of congress, senators and American companies to network with the group. The delegation comprised of leading Israeli companies such as Teva Pharmaceuticals, ICL, Haifa Chemicals, Caesar Stone, Mobileye, Lumenis and more.
Along with USG representatives from State, Treasury, OPIC, USDA, USTR, and USAID, DUS Ken Hyatt led Commerce discussions at the launching of first U.S.-Palestinian Economic Dialogue (USPED), which was held in the West Bank on May 22, 2015. During the first session, DUS Hyatt gave opening remarks along with State's A/S Rivkin and Palestinian Minister of National Economy Ms. Abeer Odeh. During the other sessions, DUS Hyatt discussed Commerce’s capacity building engagements, IBP enhancement plans, and standards-related activities in the West Bank. In addition, he suggested establishing a Trade Working Group with representatives from Commerce, USTR, and USAID. Around seven Palestinian Ministers and several Palestinian DGs participated in the discussions, along with Naomi Wiegler, Gregory Briscoe, and Assad Barsoum from ITA.
Smart City Reception
DUS Ken Hyatt Leads Commerce at the First U.S.-Palestinian Economic Dialogue
DUS Hyatt Meeting Israeli Water Innovation Companies
DUS Hyatt met Israeli water technologies companies to learn about their innovations and discuss ways to connect them to American companies. He provided an overview of how the Department of Commerce promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and how we work with individual states. Israeli companies discussed the challenges they face and suggested setting up a US National Water Innovation Demo Site as a launch pad for innovation and entrepreneurship in this sector. Israel is recognized as a global leader in developing innovative and breakthrough technologies to manage scarce water resources. These solutions include drip irrigation, desalination, water reclamation and purification and improved management and flow control methods. Israel recycles more than 80 percent of its wastewater for agricultural use. Israel also leads in desalination with five plants that produce 600 million cubic meters of water annually. Israel shares its experience with many countries, including China, India, and the United States.
DUS Hyatt Networking with US and Israeli participants at Biomed
As part of DUS Hyatt visit to Israel, he attended the Biomed Israel Conference Gala Reception to network with Israeli and U.S. guests, government officials, companies and investors. Israel is recognized as a global leader in developing innovative and breakthrough healthcare technologies. These solutions include biotech/pharmaceutical, medical devices, health IT, and digital health. The Israeli government has established national programs to support R&D and commercialization. During the last decade the Office of the Chief Scientist has invested more than $100 million annually in the life sciences sector via its programs. During his visit, DUS Hyatt signed an MOU with the Chief Scientist to promote US-Israel exchange of innovation and entrepreneurship, including in the biomed sector.
DUS Hyatt visits Israel and signs MOU with Chief Scientist of Israel
Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt returned to Israel on May 22nd-25th to participate in the U.S.-Israel Joint Economic Development Group (JEDG) meetings. At the JEDG he signed a Joint Innovation MOU with the Chief Scientist of Israel. He also participated in cybertech and watertech roundtables, met with Noble Energy and with the U.S. Ambassador and attended a networking reception at the Israel Biomed conference.
Ambassador Shapiro hosts pre-summit breakfast briefing for Israel delegation to the SelectUSA Investment Summit
Last week, Ambassador Shapiro hosted a successful pre-summit breakfast briefing on Wednesday meeting the 30 delegated attending the summit in June. The Israel group is an incredibly impressive delegation, by both the quality of the delegation and its diversity , comprising small, medium, and large companies, those with varying degrees of presence in the US, and representing a wide array of sectors, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, IT, food and beverage, water technology, engineering, and more.
CS Israel visit Cisco Israel
On March 10th, SCO Greg Briscoe and CS Christina Azar visited Cisco Israel’s offices in Netanya. Country Manager, Mr. Oren Sagi and Mr. Roi Hermoni, Business Development Manager provided a general overview of the Cisco’s activities in Israel, with 1400 employees focusing on R&D and 1000 focusing on sales. Cisco is one of the most influential U.S. companies in Israel promoting coexistence through employing minority groups within Israel and creating job opportunities in the Palestinian market
CS Israel Clarifies Product Registration Issue
Colorado Serum Company is a USDA-licensed and regulated manufacturer of veterinary biologics. The company has an exclusive rep in Israel, however, in recent years, the Israeli Veterinary Service denied all new license requests, stating that the Israeli rep submitted insufficient product information that does not comply with the Israeli regulations and guidelines. On March 8, Deputy SCO Rebecca Torres and ComSpec Yael Torres met the Animal Drug Officer at the Vet Services, Israel Ministry of Agriculture to discuss the market access situation. While the Israeli rep claims he has been providing to the Vet Services all the information they required, it became clear to us at this meeting that he has not been submitting the correct files to the Vet Services. We conveyed our findings our contact at Colorado Serum who said she will now be putting together the required data. We anticipate that Colorado will be able to obtain the relevant licenses and enter the Israeli market with all their USDA-licensed products.
SelectUSA Investment Summit 2016
Interested in investing in the U.S.? The third annual SelectUSA Investment Summit is happening in June of this year. Israeli companies interested in doing business in the U.S. can meet official representatives from all 50 states, federal officials, and key economic development leaders in an effort to expand to/in the U.S. We only have 20 slots available on our delegation and only 12 slots left. Act fast and contact us for more information.
CS Israel Welcomes AMCHAM EU
DSCO Rebecca Torres welcomed the Executive Director and Chairman of AMCHAMS in Europe, Mr. Patrick Mikkelsen. The meeting touched on the state of trade between the U.S. and Israel as well as an update of the global structure of AMCHAMs. In addition, standards and trade barriers were discussed as well as perception of Israel-EU ties.
Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) Trade Show in Amsterdam
February 9-12, 2016 over 64,000 experts and public and private business leaders from the audio and visual industry attended the Integrated System Europe (ISE) Trade show in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Seven commercial specialists from the EMEA region were there to support the 110 U.S. Companies that exhibited at the show. CS Azar was one of the team members at ISE who participated in global chat program and onsite counselling sessions.
SelectUSA Deputy Executive Director Peggy Philbin's Successful Visit to Israel
Deputy Executive Director Ms. Peggy Philbin visited Israel and was keynote speaker at the SelectUSA-IVC High Tech Seminar on "Expanding Your Business into the U.S. Market", in Tel Aviv. Ambassador Shapiro also attended the Seminar gave welcome remarks and talked about the strong U.S.-Israel relationship that shared the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Ms. Philbin gave a presentation on the SelectUSA program and talked about the upcoming SelectUSA Investment Summit in WA DC. The Seminar was a great success giving companies that are looking to operate in the U.S. an opportunity to hear from professionals on legal, financial, business development, visa and financing matters.
SelectUSA’s Peggy Philbin and AMB Shapiro Visit Israeli Company Mobileye
SelectUSA Deputy Executive Director Ms. Peggy Philbin and U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro visited the Isaeli company Mobileye and took a test drive in the company's autonomous car. The visit allowed both Ms. Philbin and Ambassador Shapiro to learn about Mobileye’s latest technology development and the company's expansion plans into the U.S. market. Ms. Philbin invited Mobileye to the SelectUSA Investment Summit encouraging them to join the Israel delegation.
Site Visit to Enviromental Service Company Ltd.
On January 21st, DSCO Rebecca Torres and CS Christina Azar visited Environment Service Company Ltd. Plant in Naot Hovav industrial area Israel. The biggest hazardous waste plant in Israel, using some of the most advanced modern methods and technologies in the world, dealing with wide range of hazardous waste types including- organic, inorganic, liquid and solid. Environment Service Company (ESC) was chosen as the operational arm for the difficult task of remediating 12 contaminated lands identified by the Israeli government. CS Azar has been working with ESC to find US Companies in the field of soil remediation technology methods, and active remediation sites for ESC to visit in their trip to U.S. in mid-February.
HPE Certification to sell via FMF Program
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been selling information technology (IT) equipment, including servers, networking, software and maintenance services to the Government of Israel through Direct Commercial Contracts (DCC) with the benefit of Foreign Military Financing (FMF). After several years of routinely approving HPE’s DCC sales, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) did not authorize HPE to complete such sales, due to a new guideline that was issued. This had an immediate impact on HPE (and many other American companies), with implications for current GoI contracts, as well as future sales. HPE Israel contacted CS Tel Aviv, Israel to seek help and express the frustration this is causing HPE Israel. SCO Greg Briscoe, DSCO Rebecca Torres and CS Christina Azar relayed the message to the Embassy’s Management and DSCA representative in the embassy and the desk officer within ITA. After continues communications, DSCA decided to formally retract their rule change, and will work with HPE and industry on DSCA new guidelines. On January 7th, 2016 HPE Israel informed CS Azar that HPE received a certification to sell via FMF program.
Welcoming Briefing for U.S. Firms attending CyberTech 2016
On January 25th, CS Israel and Ambassador Shapiro hosted a welcoming briefing for all U.S. firms attending CyberTech 2016. The briefing included welcoming remarks by Ambassador Shapiro, presentations by both SCO Greg Briscoe on the Israeli Commercial market and Economic Counselor Jonathan Shrier on the Economic market in Israel. Mr. Yossi Vardi, Chairman of CyberTech Conference and Exhibition was the key speaker providing an overview of the Cyber Industry. A total of 50 guests attended the U.S. Embassy Briefing; guests were visiting Israel as part of official delegations from Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Dakota and Virginia.
CS Israel at CyberTech 2016
CyberTech 2016, one of the largest Cyber trade shows attracting hundreds of delegations from around the world, among them seven official state trade missions from across the United States including groups from Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Dakota, Virginia, Massachusetts and South Carolina. CS Christina Azar arranged for Ambassador Shapiro to be a key note speaker at the opening plenary of CyberTech, along with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benyamin Netanyahu, Minister Marina Kaljurand, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Estonia and many other executive speakers. In addition, Ambassador Shapiro did a walkthrough of the exhibition meeting with Israeli and American companies exhibiting at CyberTech and visited CS Israel booth as well, where CS Israel were promoting the CS services and SelectUSA program.
CS Israel Supports Launch of the Israel Chapter of the American Society of Civil
CS Tel Aviv recruited and led a 161-member delegation to the CES 2016, which was held from January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas. Delegates led by Commercial Specialist Christina Azar. At the event, the CS ICT team arranged Show Time meetings, a session with the CES organizer, and a matchmaking reception. CS Azar counseled 14 U.S. companies during Show Time and attended the Europe Team’s cyber security meeting, to learn about the possible joint activities. CS Azar will follow-up with the Israeli delegation and will offer assistance as needed.
On December 21, Senior Commercial Specialist Alan Wielunski was the guest speaker at the inaugural meeting of the Israel Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (AMSCE). Wielunski spoke about the opportunities for the organization to develop bi-lateral technical exchange programs, promote public tenders to U.S. companies and to ensure that these companies are guaranteed an even playing field.
CS Tel Aviv Joins FAA to Survey Israeli Aviation Innovation
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta visited Israel this week to follow up on working-level technical discussions between the FAA and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) and to get a firsthand look at Israeli aviation industry innovations. Civil aviation is today bringing Americans and Israelis together in unprecedented numbers, as evidenced by new routes, increasing trade and investment, and new technological endeavors between our private sectors. Israeli and U.S. companies like Israel Aerospace Industries, Boeing, and Gulfstream are doing pioneering work together in civil aviation manufacturing, and SCO Greg Briscoe joined the Administrator for meetings with local firms to encourage tie-ups with U.S. companies and investment back into the United States.
CS Tel Aviv Visits Cyber Cluster in Beer Sheva
SCO Greg Briscoe and DSCO Rebecca Torres accompanied a delegation of BIRD (Israel-U.S. Bi-national Industrial Research and Development) Foundation members from Israel and the U.S. to visit grantees in the Beer Sheva region of Israel. Beer Sheva hosts an ecosystem of military, academia, startup companies and incubator/accelerators that focus on the cyber security sector. Visits were made to CyberSpark (an NGO accelerator) as well as U.S. and Israeli companies. This region is of particular interest from an innovation partnering perspective; whereby U.S. companies could partner with cutting edge cyber company start-ups in order to expand their product offering. In addition, this region could be of interest from a SelectUSA perspective, as some of these companies may be contemplating establishing themselves in the U.S.
Israel Soil Remediation Webinar
On December 16, 2015 CS Tel Aviv hosted a webinar on the ‘Clean & Build’ project in Israel highlighting the business opportunities for the U.S. companies in the field of Soil Remediation. The Israeli government has identified 12 contaminated lands of which they plan to remediate and build approximately 70,000 housing units in order to help alleviate the housing crisis in Israel. Environment Service Company (ESC) was chosen as the operational arm for the task of remediating the land. ESC is a government company under the auspices of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. ESC is tasked to manage the tender process for the job, as well as surveys, samplings, and supervision and control. ESC is seeking U.S. companies with proven technologies in remediation for the military industry. As key speakers we invited Dr. Gilad Golub, CEO and Mr. Avi Haim, Head of the division of Waste Water, Contaminated Soil and Fuel in the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection to give an overview on the current situation, plans for implementation, timeline and technologies ESC is seeking and ESC’s plan to have a roadshow to the U.S. to meet with possible U.S. Companies with proven technologies. 24 participants attend the webinar.
Israel-US Industrial Research & Development
SCO Greg Briscoe and ComSpec Yael Torres met the founders and CEO of Genome Compiler, an Israeli team of biologists and software engineers who had recently partnered with Amyris, Inc.- an Emeryville and Los Altos, CA industrial bioscience company to integrate Amyris automated lab services with Genome Compiler's online design tools and e-commerce platform. This collaboration would provide fully integrated platform for companies and others seeking to pursue synthetic biology solutions. This joint project between Amyris and Genome Compiler has been funded in part by a grant from the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD), a U.S.-Israeli partnership between private sectors to expand private high-tech industries. A BIRD team as well as NIST Innovation and Industry Services Associate Director and Genome Compiler’s investors were also in attendance.
CS Israel Participates in the Digital Health Israel Conference
CS Israel attended the Digital Health Israel Conference on December 8 in Tel Aviv and met the US speakers from Henry Ford Innovation Institute, IBM Watson Health, Intel Corporation, Walmart, Intel, Pfizer, 23andMe and others, who spoke about current industry trends and the programs they support. US enterprises are looking for digital health innovations and they offer to test and clinically validate new solutions. The US healthcare systems is facing significant challenges such as increased cost, aging population, increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases, empowered consumers, fragmented care, insufficient use of information and shortage of healthcare professionals. Israel is a leading innovation hub for health IT, electronic medical records, business analytics and digital health.
3M Israel Official inauguration of the new Customer Innovation Center
On December 6th, 3M Israel officially opened their first customer innovation center in Israel. 3M Executives worldwide visited Israel to celebrate this milestone occasion. Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy, Mr. William Grant was the guest speaker, highlighting U.S. Government support and encouragement for more collaboration between American and Israeli companies: “We want to ensure that U.S. companies maintain their global competitiveness in this dynamic environment, and we see connections with Israeli firms as essential to fulfilling that goal” – DCM Grant quoted. SCO Greg Briscoe and Commercial Specialist Christina Azar attended and facilitated the DCM’s participation for this event.
CS Israel Supports the Afifi Group’s Business Needs
On Wednesday, November 25, three members of CS Israel travelled to Nazareth to meet with Afifi Group executives to discuss ways and means to support the Group’s expansion and business development plans. The Group is also interested in the possibility of establishing a presence in the US through the acquisition of a local bus company.
Zanderm, LLC, Small NYC Company Expands to Israel
On Nov 25-26, Zanderm LLC from Far Rockaway, NY showcased their patent-pending Vitiligo Concealer at a world class conference on pigmentary disorders in Tel Aviv. The US-made concealer got the attention of participating dermatologists, patient groups, distributors and individual patients. Zanderm is the only professional-use concealer/camouflage available for people with Vitiligo – a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches. Zanderm is client of the NYC EAC and CS Israel. We assisted Zanderm with market and regulatory information. New York State subsidized their fees to attend the conference and provided the business matchmaking service. We anticipate a successful product launch in Israel in the near future.
Our Regional Director Christian Reed on Site Visits
Executive Director for Middle East and Africa, Christian Reed, visited CS Israel to liaise with USG partners at the Embassy, engage with CS staff, and get a firsthand view of the opportunities the Israeli market offers U.S. firms. After a morning of “in house” meetings where he reaffirmed USCS commitment to Embassy strategic plans and emphasized USCS HQ’s dedication to the welfare of CS Israel staff, EDMEA Reed ventured out to Herzliya, Israel’s “Silicon Valley,” to meet with two successful American multinationals operating in Israel. 3M and General Motors (GM) both have established a connection with the Israeli Innovation ecosystem and have created R&D centers in Israel to enhance and develop their company’s products and services worldwide. Mr. Jonathan Pantanowitz, Managing Director of 3M Israel discussed his vision of creating a bigger innovation center for 3M in Israel to enable and increase access to Israeli technology that can benefit 3M and expand the firm’s export profile on a global basis. Director of GM Israel, Mr. Gil Golan shared his experience working with the Israeli Government when he first established GM’s offices and making GM the first auto firm to operate an automotive innovation center in Israel.
Touting Fairfax County’s Cybersecurity Opportunities
Senior Commercial Officer Greg Briscoe headlined Fairfax County’s business roundtable event to attract innovative Israeli cybersecurity firms to set up shop in the strategically located DC suburb. Greg joined with experts from U.S. and Israeli technology firms and service providers to provide the 40+ Israeli firms attending the event with the latest information on the U.S. market, how to establish a presence, and the assistance offered at both the federal and local government levels. Greg also made a push for the June 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit, encouraging the attendees to join the Israel delegation.
Removing Technical Barriers to Trade through Education
CS Israel has over the years taken advantage of the State Department’s IVLP-on- Demand program to send senior Government of Israel officials to learn how the U.S. regulatory system functions in order to reduce technical barriers to trade. This is especially relevant in a market that is heavily geared towards the EU.
One such example was the recent visit to the States of the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Transportation & Road Safety. During his debrief, he mentioned how the visit gave him a better perspective of how to develop a simpler regulatory framework which is more consumer driven. Another immediate outcome is discussions with NHTSA in the area of vehicle headlights, which will result in an increase of exports of additional models based on the U.S homologation system.
Boeing - El Al in Tel Aviv
Ambassador Shapiro highlighted strong U.S.-Israel relations as he observed and applauded the official signing of a $34 billion acquisition of Boeing 787 Dreamliners by EL AL Israel Airlines on October 29, 2015. EL AL celebrated the day with a morning signing ceremony and an evening reception at which the Ambassador toasted the partnership along with Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner and EL AL CEO David Maimon. This latest acquisition, the largest in EL AL’s history, is the culmination of a long negotiation in which Boeing beat out its European rival, Airbus, and a good example of “soft” advocacy by the U.S. Embassy. SCO Greg Briscoe was in daily contact with Boeing to coordinate a delicate USG approach with EL AL as the Israeli airline came to its final decision
Meeting with ReMax Israel
On October 29, DSCO Rebecca Torres and Commercial Specialist Christina Azar met with the Israeli Master Franchisee of ReMax, Mr. Bernard Raskin. ReMax Israel has offices throughout the entire state of Israel, with nearly over one thousand ReMax agents. Mr. Raskin has been the master franchisee of ReMax Israel for the past 31 years and has developed and maintained his business according to ReMax International ethics and principles which was the key of ReMax Israel’s success in Israel.
Business Outreach in the City of Nazareth
CS Tel Aviv organized business outreach day in the city of Nazareth, the largest city in the North District of Israel, populated mainly by Arab citizens of Israel. The day included a roundtable hosted by the Nazareth Business Incubator, site visit of the Nazareth Industrial Park and a courtesy meeting with the one of the leading trading companies in Nazareth, Afifi Group. SCO Greg Briscoe, DSCO Rebecca Torres and Commercial Specialist Christina Azar who participated in this outreach program, used this opportunity to promote CS Tel Aviv events and activities and to learn about the commercial and business developments happening in the city of Nazareth.
CS Specialist Christina Azar Attended Smart City Conference, Israel
On October 27, Commercial Specialist Christina Azar attend the Smart City Conference in Herzliya, organized by the hi-tech training company, Logtel Computer Communication Ltd. Conference speakers discussed Israel’s position and direction of having more smart cities and the importance of integrating more smart cities concepts and technologies in local cities. Among the speakers were government officials and number of international companies who shared their new technology solutions. Christina used this opportunity to meet new business contacts and to increase the knowledge of Israel’s smart city initiative
Ensuring a Leveled Playing Field for US Products
We had brought to the attention of Colorado Gov Hickenlooper, a serious market access issue that has been affecting the ability of a Colorado manufacturer to do business in Israel. Gov Hickenlooper is in Israel as part of a multi-market trade and investment mission. On 10-19 Governor Hickenlooper raised the issue with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu who then called upon his cabinet member, Minister of Agriculture, to get involved to offer a resolution: Colorado Serum Company (CSC) is a Denver, CO-based, fourth generation family-owned, USDA licensed animal vaccine manufacturer, in business since 1923. Until late 2013, CSC sold its farm animal vaccines in Israel with great success. Recently, CS Israel learned that the Israeli Veterinary Services have rejected all CSC’s new vaccine license requests claiming that the registration request files did not provide required information. Commercial Specialist Yael Torres inquired with the Veterinary Services and revealed that there are no official regulatory standards in place for registering animal vaccines, hindering CSC from doing business in Israel. CS Israel will continue monitoring the regulatory issue to ensure a leveled playing field for CSC.
ITS World Congress, Bordeaux
From October 5-9, over 10,000 international ITS experts, professionals, public and private sector leaders, academics, researchers, engineers and students, representing all corners of the ITS industry, gathered at the 22nd ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, France. The U.S. Commercial Service’s E-Mobility Team members were there to support the 19 US companies that participated at the show by organizing BTB meetings and onsite counseling sessions
U.S. Presence at Israel's Water Tech Week
CS Tel Aviv delivered commercial overview briefings and attended meetings with over 50 US State government, Mayors, companies and researchers who are in Israel this week (October 11-15) to keynote speak, exhibit and meet counterparts from Israel's Water Technologies sector. US visitors include Arizona Governor Doug Ducey; Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam; Ohio Mayors; state representatives and companies from Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, Arizona and New York. We also attended the MOU signing ceremony between the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the Jerusalem Regional Water and Wastewater Utility regarding critical infrastructure cyber defense collaboration. In 2014 Israel achieved water independence trhu wastewater recycling and desalination. Israel is considered world-leader in water technologies, including recycling, desalination, irrigation, management, filtration and cyber security.
Meeting with eCommerce Executive Forum
In preparation for the Discover Global eCommerce Strategies event taking place on October 8 -9, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Deputy Commercial Officer, Rebecca Torres and Commercial Specialist Christina Azar met with the CEO of the Israeli E-Commerce Executive Forum who provided a detailed overview of the Israeli eCommerce industry and discussed the opportunities and challenges for American companies to expand via eCommerce in Israel.
CS Tel Aviv Hosted a Franchise Discussion
On September 3rd, CS Tel Aviv hosted a franchise discussion roundtable at the Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel, sponsored by the Israel franchise Institute. The purpose of the event was to discuss ways to improve the franchise industry in Israel; hence, we invited two top U.S. speakers, Mr. Bachir Mihoubi, Founder & Managing Director of Fran Cousnel Group and Mr. Mark Kirsch, Principle of Gray Plant Mooty. Both speakers shared their knowledge of experience in franchise ethics and legislation. As a result of this discussion, the Israel franchise Institute along with key franchise business leaders in Israel has formed a committee to establish a Franchise Association in Israel
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam led a trade mission to Israel from August 30 to September 3, 2015 focused on the theme of “innovation”. The delegation of 30 was built of state government, business and academic leaders. CS Tel Aviv, in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and CONEXX, the America Israel Business Connector - worked closely to arrange a successful networking reception at the Ambassador’s Residence. The mission provided an opportunity for the Governor and the TN delegation to strengthen Israel and Tennessee's commercial ties and develop new relationships to increase trade, foreign direct investment (SelectUSA) and R&D collaboration
On September 7-8, technical experts from three major US Standard Development Organizations (SDOs) -NEMA, UL, ASTM and representative from Mattel toy company, met in Israel with members of the Standards Institution of Israel (SII) and relevant technical committee members, for a two-day workshop organized by CS Israel and ITA/IA as part of the bi-lateral standards dialogue for the removal of remaining technical barriers to trade that disadvantage American companies from doing business in Israel. Recent changes in Israel’s standards law mean Israel is revising its 500 mandatory standards to be more favorable to US goods. ITA worked with U.S.-domiciled SDOs to identify U.S. or international standards for 189 of 220 standards Israel requested. There are technical issues to be addressed with the remaining standards and virtually all relate to standards developed by the SDOs that participated. The successful workshop opened up a direct line of communication between the sides in an effort to preempt any issues that might arise during the standards development process and to provide the Israelis with a better understanding of the US standards regime.
On August 13, CS Israel and ECON officers met Government of Israel officials from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance to review the upcoming Joint Economic Development Group (JEDG) agenda item - Innovation and Best Practices in Health - a Government of Israel initiative to foster knowledge share and R&D partnerships between the 2 countries' healthcare systems. The Government of Israel's priority areas for partnership are disease management, big data analysis and digital health. Both sides have agreed to include the US Health & Human Services (HHS) to the JEDG meeting, October 13 in Washington DC, to set the stage for a binational dialog and partnership plan. CS offered support in way of commercial partnerships
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