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U.S. Chamber to Lead National Security Trade Delegation to Israel, Meet with Senior Israeli Government Officials

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:00pm

Aim to Promote Further Bilateral Economic Cooperation in the National Security Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Israel Business Initiative will lead a senior level national security trade delegation to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem next week to focus on business opportunities in such sectors as cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, emergency management, ports of entry, aviation, and border security. The delegation, composed of homeland security experts and practitioners, government officials, and corporate leaders, will be led by former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President of International Affairs Myron Brilliant, and U.S. Chamber Vice President of National Security & Emergency Preparedness Ann Beauchesne.

“Both politically and economically, Israel is one of our most significant allies globally and our most important ally in the Middle East,” said Ridge.“Ensuring an environment of shared information and integrated technologies that have defense and security capabilities is crucial to the economic cohesion between the United States and Israel and between companies that operate in both countries.”

The U.S-Israel Business Initiative launched in October 2010 to advance and strengthen commercial ties between and advocate for American companies operating in Israel. During the national security trade delegation, participants will attend the Israel HLS 2012 Conference, tour defense centers, and meet with senior Israeli business executives and government officials.

“As a dynamic, rapidly growing economy, Israel is dependent on changing technologies and innovation,” said Brilliant.“It is a country that American companies in high-tech, cybersecurity, energy, and others look to for research and development opportunities. One of the contributions we can make to the U.S.-Israeli commercial relationship is to bring specific industry sectors of our economy to Israel to partner with not only Israeli companies, but also the Israeli government in expanding these partnership opportunities.Consumer markets in both the United States and Israel offer terrific prospects for growth.”

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.