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April 2014 EDI News

EDI Begins Representing Michigan in the Middle East

The Michigan-Israel Business Bridge (MIBB) in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) has selected EDI to represent its interests in the Middle East region effective April 1st.  MIBB received a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to fund a part of their activities and were thus able to open a much heralded Israel Office.  MIBB has as its main goal the increase in business activity between Israel and Michigan, while MEDC is pursuing regional business opportunities.  EDI, with 22 years’ experience in operating contract trade and investment promotion offices for foreign entities, will act as a catalyst to achieve the goals of the organization.

To jumpstart the program EDI President Sherwin Pomerantz visited Detroit on April 3rd to bring the MEDC people up to date on the company’s activities and to speak at a networking session attended by over 100 local business people.

Delaware Exhibits at Arab Lab in Dubai in March

The State of Delaware had a booth at the Arab Lab Exhibition in Dubai, UAE, which ran from March 17-20.  A number of Delaware companies in the life science sector exhibited and EDI’s Trade Director, Seth Vogelman, traveled to Dubai to manage the booth on Delaware’s behalf.  EDI represents the trade and investment interests of the state in the Middle East.

Mississippi Trade Specialist Visits Israel

Aggie Sikora, a trade development specialist with the Mississippi Development Authority will be in Israel from April 6-8 to meet with entities prior to the arrival of a trade delegation from the state later in the fall.   During the visit, she will lay the groundwork for the mission.  EDI has been engaged by the MDA to handle arranging the appointments for the participants in the mission.

EDI Visits Istanbul for expoMED Eurasia 2014

EDI's Business Development Associate Michael Platt traveled to Istanbul for 3 days to visit expoMED Eurasia 2014 at Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center.  The event, held in parallel to LabtechMED, catered to medical devices, hospital equipment, laboratory analysis, diagnostics and more.  Michael also held two days of meetings with Turkish firms active in a variety of industries such as medical, defense, environmental and wood to learn first-hand about current market conditions and business opportunities. 

Invest Hong Kong Delegation to Visit Israel in May

Senior staff of Invest Hong Kong, including the Director General, will visit Israel in May during the MIXiii exhibition in Tel Aviv.  Hong Kong sees Israel as a potentially large source of inward investment and the visit will underscore the interest in pursuing that objective.  EDI represents the interests of Invest Hong Kong in Israel.

Washington Governor Inslee to Visit Israel in July

Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington, will lead a trade delegation to Israel in mid-July to encourage further business development between Israel and Washington State.  Accompanying him will be company representatives, members of Washington states’ political echelon as well as some university officials.  EDI has been engaged to handle the organization of the visit.