Thursday, April 25, 2013
On April 26, Bernalillo County Commissioner Wayne Johnson will lead eight New Mexico companies to the State of Israel on a trade mission organized by the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Trade Alliance in partnership with the New Mexico–Israel Business Exchange.
The trade mission, taking place through May 4, will serve as an opportunity to help find customers and partners for participating local companies as well as to meet with Israeli companies that have an interest in setting up operations in New Mexico.
“There are few countries that have as many synergies with New Mexico as Israel,” Commissioner Wayne Johnson says. “Our mutual expertise in high-tech research and development, technology transfer and natural resource management make us an obvious trading partner and an attractive environment for Israeli companies.”
The trade mission is comprised of companies that represent an assortment of high-tech industries ranging from repurposed pharmaceuticals to payload integration and brokering services for commercial space flights. Participating companies and organizations include: Acoustic BioSystems, IntelliCyt Corporation, Lotus Leaf Coatings Inc., New Mexico Angels Investment Group, Peacock Myers, Satwest Consulting LLC, Solstar Energy Devices LLC, the University of New Mexico Center for Molecular Discovery (UNMCMD), and the Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation.
“The timing couldn’t be better,” added Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “Israel just moved into first place as New Mexico’s largest export market, making up almost half of our total exports to the world. We need to continue to strengthen these ties while we have the momentum.”
Participating companies will meet with business leads prequalified and prearranged by the State of New Mexico’s Middle East Foreign Trade Office while Commissioner Johnson and economic development officials meet with Israeli companies, universities, business incubators and associations to create institutional linkages, share best practices and identify company recruitment opportunities.
“Israel is a global leader in industries ranging from renewable energies to biomedical and its innovations not only improve the quality of life all over the world, they represent a model of economic vitality,” noted New Mexico-Israel Business Exchange (NMIBE) President, Robert Efroymson. “The NMIBE encourages collaborative relationships between New Mexico and Israel and we are optimistic that this trade mission will result in new economic development perspectives and new partnerships for the state.”
The trade mission agenda includes visits to cutting edge institutions in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and a special visit to the City of Rehovot, Albuquerque’s Israeli Sister City and home of the world-renowned Weizmann Institute of Science.
The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Trade Alliance is an intergovernmental partnership created to expand the region’s international trade promotion efforts. The Trade Alliance offers international business assistance to local companies and actively promotes the City/County as a strategic location for foreign industry to set up operations.
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