U.S. Chamber Commits to Enhancing Commercial and Economic Relationship with Israel

 

 

 MOU between the world's largest business organization and Israel's leading Business Organization in Israel Seeks to Expand Cooperation with Israel Private Sector

 

 

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce took steps to enhance business and investment opportunities between the United States and Israel. At a ceremony held Sunday in Tel Aviv.
U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant and Chair of the Presidium of Israel Business Organizations Shraga Brosh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), increasing the groups’ ability to advance and strengthen important commercial ties.
 
 
“The U.S. Chamber is deeply committed to Israel and the region,” said Myron Brilliant. “Formalizing a partnership between the largest business organization in the United States with the largest business organization in Israel will enable us to work together on programs and initiatives across important sectors such as energy, cybersecurity, and health. There is so much we can do together to advance trade, investment, and encourage continued innovation.”
 
Chair of the Presidium of Israel Business Organizations Shraga Brosh: "we see great importance in strengthening the commercial and business ties between the two countries, hopefully the MOU signed today will best serve the interest of the business sector in Israel and in the United States". 
 
 
The MOU outlines specific areas that the U.S. Chamber and PIBO will cooperate, including advocating for reduced barriers to trade; deepening business relationships; hosting a joint annual event bringing together private and public sector leaders; and producing a U.S.-Israel Trade and Investment Study on bilateral commerce.
 
 
“With nearly $40 billion in two-way trade between the U.S. and Israel, the private sector must find ways to work together, regardless of the political and security landscape,” Brilliant added. “The Chamber looks forward to working with the Presidium, Chairman Brosh and his team to deepen this relationship to the benefit of our members and American consumers.”
 
 
The U.S. Chamber and the Manufacturers Association of Israel recently released a report titled, “Re-energizing the U.S.-Israel Economic and Commercial Relationship,” laying out a policy framework for trade, investment, and innovation. You can read the report here.
 
 
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 70 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad. Starting 2015 .  The U.S. - Israel Business Initiative is headed by Josh Kram in Washington DC; starting 2015 its activity in Israel is run by the chamber's representative Adv. Hagit Genish-Gill
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Philippine Pavilion Wows Crowd at Israel's International Tourism Fair

11 February 2016, Tel Aviv, State of Israel – The Philippine pavilion at the annual International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) instantly stood out as a crowd winner during the fair's 22nd edition, which was recently held at the Tel Aviv Convention Center.

 

The panoramic views of destinations adorning the pavilion, beautiful and upbeat videos, rich taste of Filipino delicacies, and the variety of song and dance performances, including flair bartending, attracted hundreds of visitors and showed them that, truly, "It's More Fun in the Philippines."

 

 

The Philippine pavilion was formally opened by Department of Tourism Undersecretary for Tourism Development Benito C. Bengzon, Jr., who led the first DOT delegation to the IMTM, and Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial.  Joining them were other DOT officials and partner travel agencies from the Philippines such as Annset Holidays, Inc., Flyeast Philippines, Intas Destination Management, Inc., Maman Aviation, Ltd., and Travel Experts, Inc.

Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Gideon Levin also visited the Philippine pavilion during the first day of the travel fair and was delighted to watch the "Tinikling" performed by members of the Filipino community in Israel.

  

 

DOT officials also held a Country Presentation on the second day of the fair.  Around 50 travel and tour agencies, including business organizations, attended the event.  Through videos, photos, and cultural performances, DOT officials showed why the Philippines is the next best destination for Israelis in Asia.

 

 

 This is the fourth time that the Philippines has participated in the IMTM.  Previous participations were done through partnership between the Philippine Embassy and the Israel-Philippines Tourism Chamber.  However, this is the first time that a Philippine pavilion was organized and led by DOT which has made Israel as one of its priority markets.

 

In an interview with the Israeli media, Undersecretary Bengzon said: "We are trying to position the Philippines as one of the newest, most exciting, and most fun destination in Asia.  Last year we had about 12,000 tourists from Israel and we grew by about 34 or 35 percent.  So for us, this is a very good sign.  It's an indication that the Israeli outbound travelers who, by the way, are very very sophisticated are starting to see the potential of the Philippines as an exciting destination in Asia." --

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Manager Association of Consumer Products' Manufacturers' Association expressed; "We must aspire to improve the competition capability in the cosmetic's export by cancelling the distortion of the licensing for export in the conditions for the product marketing license also in Israel".

 

 

The Manufacturer's Association in Israel organized a tour of three of Israeli cosmetics companies for journalists on August 7th.

 

The visit to a few of the production plants by the journalists was extremely interesting and inspiring for us. It was truly a pleasure to witness the enormous production of the Israeli cosmetics products sent all over the world to various department stores and business networks. We are proud to be Israelis and admire the Managerial and working staff at these cosmetic plants.  The production plants we visited operate in an organized manner under the cleanest  conditions.  

 

This visit allowed us to appreciate the high technology, professionalism and hygienic conditions of these cosmetic's production companies in Israel.

 

The data from the Manufacturer's Association in Israel indicates that, due to regulatory difficulties, there has been a withdrawal of 10% in the Israeli Cosmetics Industry exports in 2015. In 2014, the Israeli Cosmetics exports amounted to 609 million dollars, while in 2015 the exports amounted to 546 million dollars only – a decline of 63 million dollars.

 

The main export decline occurred In relation to Eastern Europe and Russia, amounting to about 40%, from 73 million dollars in the year 2014, to 44 million dollars in 2015. Also, there was a decline of about 31% in cosmetic's export to the European Union countries, from 250 million dollars in 2014, down to 218 million dollars in 2015.

On the other hand, there was an increase of 14% in 2015 in the Export to countries in the Asian Continent, from 67 million dollars in 2014, to 76 million dollars in 2015.

 

Likewise, according to the Manufacturers Association data, most of the Israeli Cosmetics Export in 2015 was directed mainly to the European Union States (40%), North America (31%), Asia (14%), and the remaining export to the developing countries in Central and South America, Africa and the rest of the world (7%).

The Cosmetics Industry in Israel in 2015 includes up to 80 production plants, most of which are small and medium size, employing some 10 thousands workers directly and indirectly. The annual activity cycle is estimated at about 4 milliard NIS, where about  50% of the production is intended for export. The net profit of the Industry-wide is estimated at about 2 – 5% from the cycle.

 

The Manager of the Association of Consumer Products and Construction, who manages the Cosmetic Branch in the Manufacturer's Association, Adi Shauli, states that: "The Cosmetics Industry Manufacturers Association is promoting nowadays,  in collaboration with Knesset Member Merav Ben Ari, (in the Kulanu party) the legislation of Pharmacists' regulations, after many years of working together with the Ministry of Health, with the aim of bringing these legislation regulations for a speedy approval by the Knesset. The matter of exemption from licensing for a cosmetic  product  intended for export, which is not sold in the domestic market, will be resolved by regulatory approval that adopts the Cosmetics European Regulation aimed for alignment with the European regulation dealing with cosmetics. The industrialists see in this legislation an opportunity to work in coordination with advanced countries in the world. Even today, many of the industrialists meet the standards of new regulation requirements, in order to export abroad. They do this with much success, bringing about pride for the Israeli Industry in general, and especially for the Cosmetics Industry".

 

 

The "Peer-Pharm" owner, Haviv Peer, says: "Israel is considered today one of the leading countries in the world in the Cosmetics Field, among others, thanks to the Dead Sea, which is a wonderful and natural resource for beauty products. Also, Israelis have courage, which is expressed in innovation and new developments. Israelis are always open to adopt new standards and they do not adopt fixed stands, like European companies, most of which manufacture, until today, cosmetic products in the same formats used back in the 70's."

 

 

The "SPA Cosmetics" owner, Jacky Shklarsh , states:  'The Israeli cosmetic branch is developing, but there are great governmental barriers that prevent the export growth, and regulations that cause enormous workload. For example, when in Europe it's enough to fit and register, in Israel, one must pay a fee for each and every product. We would like to adopt  the European standard also in Israel."

 

 

The "A. Meshi" owner, Irmiyahu Mizrahi, conveys : 'The cosmetics industry in Israel is innovative and very developed. Israeli cosmetics are greatly appraised in the whole world, especially in the field of hair care, in which we are making a major breakthrough.  Nonetheless, the government regulations make it very difficult for the industry to progress. I wish that the government starts offering more support and assistance measures to the Cosmetic's Industry, so that we can export more abroad. We will appreciate assistance in grants and exhibitions abroad, and in reducing the regulation required to export abroad.'

 

 

Background material on the exhibited plants:

  • "Peer-Pharm" - This plant was established in 1991, and today manufactures a number of brand-name products such as: "Andrea Milano", "Frulatte", 'Spa-Pharm' and "Organi-Care". The companys' products include more than 7.000 items, exported to 20 countries, such as; United States, Korea, China, Sweden, Poland, France, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Denmark, Germany, Ukraine, Romania, and others.

  • "SPA Cosmetics" - This brand was founded in 1988, and today its products comprise 80 different brand-name products, including different 700 various, which are exported mainly to North America and other national networks, such as England, Germany, Hong-Kong, China, etc.

  • "A. Meshi" - This plant, which manufactures the product 'Mon Platin'' was established in 1994,and today in its products,  include more than 600 items, exported to 50 countries; among these: United States, Italy, Spain, Belarus, Russia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Slovakia, Check Republic, and others.

 

 

 

 

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The Africa You Didn’t Know.

 

Africa is a giant continent with no less than 54 independent nations, yet many people consider “Africa” as a single unit. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Dr. Ayo Salami explained to his audience on Sunday, at a private meeting held at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange for investors, accountants and lawyers. Dr. Salami, a distinguished graduate of the London School of Economics represents the Duet Group which controls assets to the tune of about $5 billion. He came to Tel Aviv for one day, specifically to deliver his lecture.

 

The event was hosted by the Israel-Africa Chamber of Commerce and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The President of the Chamber, Mr. Eli Avidar introduced the speaker and welcomed the guests.

 

Dr. Salami gave a broad overview of the “dark Continent”, surprising the guests with many startling statistics, including the fact that the world’s fastest growing and most consistently successful economy over the past years is not China, not India, but Botswana.

 

 

Over 1 billion people live in Africa, speaking over 500 languages in the 54 countries. There are many anomalies, such as that the most successful country – Botswana – borders one of the worst failed states – Zimbabwe.

 

In his fascinating presentation, Dr. Salami focused on Nigeria, a powerhouse by any standards. He touched briefly on what he termed “lies by omission” by the media: leaving out facts that should be part of all responsible reporting, thus misleading the public who might otherwise have a much better-informed view of Africa. No one left without new insights into Africa, its economy and the startling investment opportunities in so many countries there.

 

Africa – it’s not what you thought.

 

Photo  Kobi Fuks

 

 

 

 

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Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.

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At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
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09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

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On Wednesday evening, June 7th, the Embassy of Slovenia in Tel Aviv celebrated 26 years of independence, and 25 years of bilateral relations with Israel. The commemoration was held at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa. The event was timed to coincide with visits by both the Minister of Education, Science and Sport Dr. Maja Makovec Brencic, and a high-level parliamentary delegation led by National Assembly President Dr. Milan Brglez.

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

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Friday was a beautiful late spring day; the gardens were lovely, the weather was fine; the guests were elegantly attired; the refreshments were generous and delicious; all the makings of a happy celebration marking the National Day of Sweden. H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, ambassador of Sweden to the State of Israel, hosted the event at the ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach.

The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.

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A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.

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Tel Aviv Eat presents three evenings of tastings and workshops featuring the region’s leading restaurants and most prominent chefs. Entrance is free (including the chefs’ demonstrations), and tasting portions range in price from NIS 20-35. Doors open each evening at 18.00. There are several performance stages, live music, and stands selling beer.

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President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin today, (Monday), welcomed President of the United States Donald J. Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump on arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport, and then at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

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  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, today (Monday, 22 May 2017), at Ben-Gurion International Airport, welcomed US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania with an honor guard.

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