ICCP’s 20th General Membership Meeting: Doing Business with Israel

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  • 04 May 2018
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Effie Ben Matityau, the Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines

The Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ICCP) welcomed members and guests to its 20th General Membership Meeting held at Dusit Thani Hotel Makati last April 25, 2018, which centered on the theme of “Doing Business with Israel.” The gathering once again showcased the flourishing economic partnership between the Philippines and Israel.

Business executives from both countries spent an afternoon together to exchange valuable insights on the current business trends, opportunities, and issues on Israel. The conversation was led by Effie Ben Matityau, the Ambassador of Israel to the Philippines; Itamar Gero, ICCP President; Ferdie Sarfati, PH.D., President and CEO of Transcenture Management Consultancy and Chairman of the Elections Committee 2018; and three guest speakers.

The guest speakers included Ze’ev Lavie, Director of International Trades Division of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce; Yulia Rachinsky-Spivakov, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Israel; and Sagiv Massad, Director of Technology and Cyber Security Business Profiles.

Itamar Gero, ICCP President and Founder & CEO of TrueLogic Online Solutions Inc.

A Promising Junction
Ambassador Matityau began the meeting by stating that the close bilateral ties in trade and investment between Israel and the Philippines are a promising junction. Itamar Gero agreed as he shared the many
successful efforts done to promote Israel-Philippines business interests in the past year. Gero said he’s hopeful for more fruitful partnerships between the two countries as ICCP continues to create initiatives
that open business opportunities for the entrepreneurs of both countries. “Israel is a promised land and a land of many promises,” Matityau said as he encouraged more business executives to join the thriving Filipino-Israeli partnership in trade and investment.


Ze’ev Lavie, Director of International Trades Division Federation Of Israeli Chambers Of Commerce (via Telecon)

Leveraging Mutual Business Opportunities
The meeting started on an optimistic note, and it perfectly paved the way for a deeper discussion on the challenges and gains of doing business with Israel. Sagiv Massad told the members what is needed and what is expected when creating business partnerships with Israelis. Yulia Rachinsky-Spivakov let the audience take a peek at how the Embassy of Israel and other key sectors play in establishing trade partnerships.

On the other hand, Ze’ev Lavie, who joined the discussion via teleconference, shared the thriving industries in Israel today that present investment opportunities for the businessmen of Israel and the Philippines. These industries include education, electricity and energy, automotive, and more. The meeting ended with the Annual Chamber Election of Board of Directors, a positive cue to move forward with ICCP’s plans to create more business opportunities between the two countries.


(From left) Ferdie Sarfati, PH.D., Chairman of the Elections Committee 2018 together with newly elected board members; Sagiv Massad, Natalie Bueno Maharaban, Yoray Ofek Levin, Itamar Gero, Nancy Catan, David Elefant and Arsenio Barcelona