Based in Chicago, the Midwest office covers a 14-state region, including:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin
The Israeli Foreign Trade Administration is responsible for managing and directing the international trade policy of the State of Israel and promoting Israel’s international business exchange. Each Economic Missions throughout the world exists as a gateway between local companies, organizations, and government agencies with relevant counterparts in Israel. By spreading the Missions in regions across the country, each office is able to tailor its efforts to best suit regional needs.
The Missions’ primary objectives are the promotion of trade and exportation, initiating and maintaining trade agreements for the improvement of Israel’s trade conditions, attracting and encouraging foreign investments and creating strategic cooperation with foreign companies, organizations and government agencies.
- Promoting collaboration between Israeli and U.S. companies in a variety of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, clean energy, food, homeland security, IT, water technology, and wine.
- Engaging the Midwest business community with opportunities from Israel, including information about the general economy, specific sectors, or specific companies.
- Encouraging foreign investment in Israeli companies, and identifying Israeli entities and companies which are open to adding a U.S. footprint or developing R&D or other strategic cooperation.
- Assisting the Israeli business community by providing business information and contacts through an extensive database of businesses in the Midwest from a variety of economic sectors.
About the Economic Attaché
Yariv Becher is Israel’s Consul for Economic & Commercial Affairs to the Midwest, and is based in Chicago. He is responsible for maintaining trade relationships between Israel and the 14 states that make up the Midwestern region of the United States. Mr. Becher joined the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor in July 2008, and has been in Chicago since August, 2010. He graduated the Ministry’s trade cadet course and subsequently served as assistant to the Ministry’s Deputy Director General for Foreign Trade of the Ministry. Between 2009 and 2010, Yariv was a committee member of the Ministry’s “200×2″ program, aimed at assisting companies from Israel’s peripheral regions double their exports. He is also a member of the 2010 secretariat of the Kimberley Process, an international system aimed at the elimination of trade in “conflict diamonds”.
Prior to joining the Ministry, Yariv worked at Check Point Software Technologies. He started at the finance department, where he headed the credit and collection team, and later moved to the sales operations department as partner manager.
Yariv has a B.A. in History. Together with his wife, Yafit, Yariv has two daughters and a son.
“Working in the United States is a wonderful opportunity to witness Israel’s global economic impact. Being Israel’s largest importer, companies in the United States are often familiar with Israeli technology and services and are excited to hear more. The Midwest, with Chicago as its hub, is a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and provides opportunities to collaborate with many of the world’s largest companies, which is exciting and challenging.”
Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest
111 East Wacker Drive Suite 1230
Chicago, Illinois 60601