FCEDA celebrates 25 years of India-Israel trade and diplomatic relations with Tysons Corner event

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Offices in Tel Aviv and Bangalore link Fairfax County with companies

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fairfax County, Virginia – The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) celebrated a quarter century of India-Israel trade and diplomatic relations last night, hosting a networking reception at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner.

"The Fairfax County EDA has had offices in Bangalore and Tel Aviv since 2005," said Dr. Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA, who served as emcee for the event. "This is because we recognize both India and Israel as a source of innovation and as hubs for U.S. market-ready technologies to support our economic development mission."

Gordon observed that that there are more than 400 foreign-owned companies doing business in Fairfax County, with India and Israel each represented by about 30 – some of which have direct interaction.

Note: Photos of this event are available to the media upon request.

Those on hand included speakers from the Washington, D.C., embassies of Israel and India: Yifat Alon-Perel, minister of economic and trade affairs at the Embassy of Israel, noted that Israel considers India one of its top 10 trading partners.

"We stand for the same values," said Puneet Roy Kundal, minister for commerce at the Embassy of India, who observed that India is Israel's largest buyer of military equipment.

Sanjeev Joshipura, director of Indiaspora, a nonprofit group that works with Indian Americans to help others around the world, emphasized the "enormous potential" of trilateral relationships between India, Israel and the United States. "We are natural allies in so many ways, on so many different levels," he said, pointing to the significance of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel in July.

Nissim B. Reuben, assistant director of the American Jewish Committee's Asia Pacific Institute, spoke on behalf of Dr. Bharat Barai, founder and chairman of the non-profit group Global Indian-Jewish Relations Institute, and suggested that the Israel-India alliance be highlighted more frequently -- perhaps with breakfast get-togethers twice a year.

Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Fairfax County offers businesses state-of-the-art infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn.