African Media Companies Welcomed at the Israeli Pavilion in IBC Amsterdam in September

August 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Posted in Africa, export, ICT, new media, software, South Africa, Telecommunication | Leave a comment
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We would like to introduce you the Israeli new Media sector. Israel has more than 700 new media companies whose offerings span the range of new media possibilities. These companies are active in broadcast, digital and cable TV, IPTV, OTT and satellite services, strong in content creation, delivery and management and have a potent presence in gaming.  Israeli companies are also dynamic players in internet applications and services,, online advertising, entertainment and video, search and social networking.

Israel's New-Media Companies

Israel's New-Media Companies

At IBC Amsterdam we offer South African companies an opportunity to have pre-scheduled one on one meetings with Israeli companies of interest. This year, 28 Israeli companies will showcase their advanced technologies ranging from digital, IPTV and OTT  solutions,  satellite services, content distribution and discovery as well as digital rights management solutions to name but a few. The main players in the South African media industry have already granted their visit to the Israeli pavilion and secured meetings with the Israeli technology vendors. What about you? Attached is a profile of the technological offerings that will be on display at our pavilion at IBC.  Please, feel free to view the companies and share with us the companies that you would be interested in meeting.

Israel’s New-Media Innovation

Israel is a micro-cosmos of the global new-media industry. Our pavilion in IBC, is a micro-cosmos of the entire event. Our mission is to give you the added value for your business and make your trip to Amsterdam as efficient as possible by helping you meeting all of the companies of your interest in the same venue and in the shortest time.

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Watec Israel 2011 – Israel Showcases its Water Expertise in a Conference in November

August 17, 2011 at 11:41 am | Posted in Africa, Environmental Technologies, export, Water | Leave a comment
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The Israeli water industry is recognized as a global leader in the water arena thanks to breakthrough technological innovations in areas such as desalination, water treatment and water security:

The Hadera seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in Israel is one of the largest of its kind in the world ●  Israel reclaims almost 75% of its reused effluents in agriculture ● Israel’s total water consumption has remained nearly the same since 1964, in spite of a growing population and agriculture. This feat has been enabled through improved efficiency and technological innovation ● By 2013, desalination plants in Israel will supply more than 500 million m3 of water per year, supplying 35% of the country’s fresh water needs.

Water is an extremely precious commodity in Israel. The landscape there provides the perfect environment for researching and developing water technologies in ‘real-world’ conditions. In that regard there are so many similarities between Israel and South Africa when it comes to water and the obvious need for cooperation between our countries to meet these challenges.

Watec Israel 2011

Watec Israel 2011 is one of the most important water related conferences globally. The Embassy of Israel, in conjunction with the Israel Export Institute, has put together 2 programmes that showcase the Israeli experience alongside with the newest innovation in two areas: municipal and industrial. We would honoured to have Your company at the trip to Israel (13-16 November).

Please, have a look at the programmes:

Industrial Water Solutions

Water Solutions for Utilities

Exhibition Brochure

Event Web Site

Tell us which of the programmes is more suitable for your business:

Water Solutions from Israel to the Oil Refining Industry in South Africa

August 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Posted in Energy, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Technologies, export, import, Israel, South Africa, Water | Leave a comment
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A group of 5 Israel water solutions companies visited South Africa last week and considered cooperation with the largest players in the oil refining industry in the country.

The Oil Refining industry in South Africa is going through upgrading and expansion process. The Oil refining companies are required to deal with an expected water shortage, tougher regulation and hiking electricity prices. Most of the oil refining companies will enter into a period of large capex investments, renovation of existing water treatment plants and the building of new ones.

The Sasol refinery in Secunda will be expanded and renovated. An upgrade of the water desalination plant will happen in the coming year. PetroSA is expected, despite of many delays, to launch the construction of a large scale refinery in Nelson Mandela Bay. It is expected that the main water source for the refinery would be from a water desalination plant. Discussions are undergoing if the proposed plant will provide also water to the municipality.

Sasol and PetroSA will also lead the process with large investments. PetroSA will invest R 11 Billion in the new refinery and Sasol is expected to invest R 2-3 Billion in water related projects.

the 5 Israeli companies included IDE Technologies, Mapal Green Energy, Clean Technology Group, Cooling Quality Management, Eltav.

IDE is the world’s  leader in water desalination company sets the standards in both RO and thermal desalination. IDE will be a significant player in the tenders that municipalities such as Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay and Durban are expected to issue in the coming future.

Mapal fine bubble floating aeration system designed to replace  mechanical surface aerators. the solution can reduce opex by up to 70% due to energy savings and low maintenance cost.

CQM develops environmentally-friendly solutions that keep heat exchanger and cooling towers clean and continuously efficient. the usrs of these technology will don’t have to shut down their plant and manually clean the tubes any more.

Clean Technology Group is a unique system integrator that focuses o the integration of niche and unique technologies that will not be usually offered to clients by their competitors.CTG has established a subsidiary in South Africa in addition to 7 subsidiaries globally.

Eltav’s offering is based on standardized wireless solutions (IEEE 802.15.4) for monitoring of valves and actuators in the process industry. If your company is about to install a system based on large investment in cabling, you better think again. Eltav’s wireless solution will reduce your costs significantly.

Israel’s Mekorot Water Company to Develop Ugandan Water Infrastructures

May 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Africa, export, Israel, Water | Leave a comment
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Mekorot National Water Company will develop Uganda’s water infrastructures under an agreement signed with the government-owned National Water and Sewerage Corporation. Mekorot will ultimately build 11 dams and reservoirs to supply water to two million residents.

Mekorot will first build projects in Karamoja district in Uganda’s arid northeast, but hopes to expand its work throughout the country and to include the development of sewage treatment plants.

Mekorot is one of Israel’s many innovative companies in the field of water technologies to participate in WATEC 2011, Israel’s bi-annual water event to be held on November 15-17 (www.watec-israel.com).

Never Too Late to Tell a Good Story:Israeli Energy Companies dominated Energy Conference in Johannesburg in March

May 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Posted in Africa, concentrated solar power, Energy, Environmental Technologies, export, Israel, Renewable energy, Solar Water Heaters, South Africa | Leave a comment
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My apology for the delay. It just has been a hectic period. too much work and too much public holidays – dangerous combination.

Just a week before a visit of 10 Israeli energy companies, the South African energy regulator, NERSA, decided to publish a consultation paper that aims at the slashing of the feed-in-tariffs by 20% to 40%. That was a blow to the efforts that we made and lots of companies did – not only from Israel. It seems to me that South Africa does the same mistakes Israel did, just few years ago (Israel is ahead than South Africa and has published the tenders for renewable energy generation).

The main two mistakes of the South African government are that they do not understand the importance of an aggressive promotion of the renewable energy projects in their first steps. Another problem is that different South African government entities do not speak in one voice. Israel did the same 2 mistakes at the beginning. But – as we gave it the necessary resources and government entities coordinated their efforts, the projects started running.

The Director General of the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labour of Israel, Mr. Sharon Kedmi, headed the delegation and spoke at the Cleantech day of Power & electricity World Africa said to his South African and African fellows: : you can make your own mistakes, but do not repeat ours – there is no point doing that!”.

The Israeli delegation included 10 companies in the areas of concentrated PV, PV panels, PV generators, solar water heating and more.

Director General, Sharon Kedmi, Ambassador Dov Segev Steinberg and Trade Attache Or Pearl cut the ribon at the Israel Newtech Pavilion

New Campign to Introduce Israeli Telecom Technologies to African Companies towards MWC, Barcelona Next Year

November 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Africa, export, ICT, Israel, Start-ups, Telecom | Leave a comment
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With about 56 Israeli companies (doubled from last year) and a very diverse portfolio containing innovative, advanced and technology-proved solutions, we are excited towards coming to MWC 2011 and meeting with our African potential partners & customers. It is with great pride that we look forward to presenting them with the great innovations coming from Israel.

Israeli companies drive value in 2010

Israeli companies drive value in 2010

The telecom market is growing rapidly, and will continue to grow, exponentially in the coming years. That is true globally and in relation to Africa, in particular.

The fast growth of the telecommunications market in Africa, along with the stabilization of the “traditional” western markets, makes Africa a desirable market for telecommunications vendors. Many of the vendors, presenting in Israel national Pavilion, wish to penetrate the African market. Full article.

Israel’s Statistics Bureau Forecasts 4% Growth in 2010

November 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Africa, export | 2 Comments
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The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) forecasts 4% growth for 2010 based on data it accumulated over the first nine months of the year. The growth figure is largely based on a new 9.1% growth forecast for 2010 exports. Exports, which comprise more than 40% of Israel’s economic activity, had dropped 12.5% in 2009. The CBS further expects consumer spending to grow 4.6% in 2010 following a smaller 1.7% rise in 2009, while investment in fixed assets is estimated to grow 6.2% following a 5.8% drop in 2009.The Bank of Israel has also forecast 4% growth in 2010, though 2011 growth is seen slightly lower at 3.8% owing to projected weakness in the economies of Israel’s main trading partners, the United States and Europe.

Israel’s Investment Promotion Centre

Medical Devices from Israel to be Introduced to SA Companies in Medica, Germany in November

September 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Posted in export, Israel, Life sciences, Medical Devices, South Africa, Start-ups | Leave a comment
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more than 40 Israeli companies will present in the Israeli pavilion at Medica. The leading global conference and exhibition for medical devices that takes place every November in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Trade Office of the Embassy of Israel to South Africa is inviting SA companies that plan to attend the German event to visit the Israeli pavilion and to have pre-scheduled, 1 on 1 meetings with the Israel companies. Browse our catalogue on www.israelmedicalinnovation.com or on the below file.

Israel Medica2010 Companies Catalogue

Full article.

South Africa Shows Great Interest in Israeli New-Media Technologies

September 23, 2010 at 10:15 am | Posted in export, ICT, Israel, new media | Leave a comment
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More than a 100 meetings between Israeli technology companies to South African and African media companies last week in global media event in Amsterdam. Following the Visit of Israel’s Efrat Fenigson to South Africa in July and a seminar on new-media technologies from Israel, many of South Africa’s TV operators, broadcasters and related companies visited the Israeli pavilion at the IBC Amsterdam exhibition and conference.

The Embassy of Israel thanks all the south Africans that have visited our pavilion and that expressed interest to cooperate with Israeli companies. for us, it is a start of long term partnership. We invite you to come to Israel to attend Contech Israel 2010 (8-10 November), to meet more Israeli technology providers and meet global industry leaders at the conference.


The Embassy of Israel stands in support of the South African broadcasting industry in its efforts to keep the decision to adopt the European digital broadcasting standard DVB-S. We believe that that is the right standard for South Africa, both in technological point of view and social point of view. There s no doubt that in terms of economy of scale, the Euroean standard is more valuable, while the Japanese one, will limit the SA industry to the local market.

Israel Offers Incentives to Launch Financial R&D Centres

August 31, 2010 at 7:24 am | Posted in export, Investment, Israel, Start-ups | Leave a comment
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In order to encourage large financial services companies and international banks to set up financial R&D centers in Israel, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor have established a special incentives program.

The government will provide 40% of the plan’s total budget approved by the Office of the Chief Scientist in the first and second years, 30% in the third and fourth years, and 25% in the fifth year. Projects set up in Israel’s North and South will be eligible for higher government funding of 50% in the first and second years, 40% in the third and fourth years, and 35% in the fifth year.

The plan is part of the Relative Advantages Plan that will be managed by the Chief Scientist Office and aims to boost the development of an information-intensive financial services industry in Israel.

“This plan is designed to meet the world’s need for sophisticated analytical solutions that support the financial industry. Israel has quality manpower with advanced technological infrastructures and good quality higher education,” Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor director general Sharon Kedmi said.

To qualify, participating international financial companies have to commit to working in Israel for five years and employ at least 25 R&D employees in the first year, 50 employees in the second year, and 80 employees in the third and subsequent years. The companies also need to ensure that at least 90% of the employees at the financial R&D centers to be set up will be Israeli citizens.

Israel’s Investment Promotion Centre

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