MAC’s Jorge Fernandez (l) and FICC’s Uriel Lynn (r) sign memorandum of understanding with Tom Glaser (c) witnessing
Georgia’s largest chamber of commerce—the Metro Atlanta Chamber—has entered into an joint agreement with the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce at the conclusion of a seminar in downtown Atlanta on July 18th coordinated with the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast. The seminar focused on “Exporting to Israel”, an aspect of Southeast-Israel business that is often not emphasized enough.
The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (FICC) is composed of the chambers in 6 of Israel’s largest cities—Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheva, Eilat, and Nazareth. With over 5,000 members, many of which are importers, agents, and distributors, they are the logical organization with which to work for American firms looking at the Israeli market. For Georgia companies, another strong export resource in Israel is the Georgia Department of Economic Development whose representative in Israel, Ronen Kenan, works closely with FICC on trade leads.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Metro Atlanta Chamber and FICC includes:
- Exchange of information on possibilities for market research, trade fairs and exhibitions, and trade missions organized in their countries.
- Support and cooperation in the organization and exchange of trade delegations in both countries with the aim to enable discussions on cooperation between companies and enterprises of their countries.
- Assistance in organization of lectures and symposiums as well as other events aimed at the promotion of further development of economic relations between their countries.
“We were pleased to welcome Uriel Lynn back to Atlanta, and are hopeful that this formal relationship being established between two of our important economic development partners will lead to increased export opportunities for our members,” said AICC President Tom Glaser.
In addition to Atlanta, the FICC executives also visited Savannah, Georgia where they were hosted by the Savannah Economic Development Authority—SEDA— Mayor Edna Jackson who recently returned from Israel where she participated in an international mayors conference, and the Savannah Jewish Federation.