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Monday, July 16, 2012 - 12:34pm

Israeli Business Looks To Savannah

Israeli business officials are wrapping up a four day trade mission to Savannah.

The trip is part of a broader effort targeting international business development in the port city.

City officials and the Savannah Economic Development Authority increasingly have been seeking to promote business-to-business connections from Savannah across the world.

Last year, Savannah created an International Alliance to advise local government officials on world affairs.

And SEDA created a World Trade Center to boost international business.

Dan Carmeli of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce says, there's a great deal of potential in Georgia-Israeli trade.

"Israeli market is a very strong market and a very strong economy," Carmeli says. "Israelis like to purchase US products and US goods."

As part of their trip, Israel's Consul General and Israeli Chambers of Commerce officials toured key facilities, including the Port of Savannah.

"The biggest problem we can see is that the business sector of the USA doesn't know how to do business with Israel," Carmeli says.

The Israelis also held seminars with Savannah business leaders to grow exports.

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