Shenzhen, one of the four major cities in China and located just north of Hong Kong, is the location of some of the most important Chinese investment firms. As such, SIGNAL was honored to welcome a delegation to Israel from August 30th-31st from The Development Research center of the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government and Shenzhen Zhongyi Chengtou Investment Co. Ltd.
On the first day of the visit, the delegation met with Mr. Dorian Barak, CEO of Indigo Global, and member of SIGNAL’s Executive Board, who gave an introduction to Israel’s business, innovation and technology environment. Indigo Global represents strategic investors, including Chinese private and listed companies, expanding into Africa and Israel through acquisitions and joint ventures. The visitors from Shenzhen then had a chance to become more familiar with Israel’s entrepreneurial spirit with a tour of an accelerator sponsored by Coca-Cola, where two start-ups gave a presentation on their work. In the evening, a work dinner was held with think tanks during which issues of mutual concern were discussed.
The following day, an opportunity was given to visit Haifa, where the Shenzhen delegation were introduced to Haifa’s Science & Tech and entrepreneurial environment in a presentation hosted by Haifa City. Subsequently, the delegates were introduced to hiCenter, a technology and business accelerator. A meeting was later held at the Haifa Economic Corporation followed by an outdoor tour of MATAM High-tech Park. After a lunch with the Haifa City Deputy Mayor, the delegation from Shenzhen visited the Technion where they met with Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research to discuss potential Think-Tank cooperation and Prof. Emeritus Miriam Erez, Director of the Technion’s Knowledge Innovation Center.
With the dedication of SIGNAL to promoting commercial policy between Israel and China, we regard the delegations of Chinese investors and officials that we bring to Israel as a fundamental part of building the mutual understanding and trust that is essential to the health and success of international business relationships.