Governor-led Trade Mission to Israel and the United Arab Emirates 2022

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Overview

Welcome! We are excited to invite Utah businesses to apply to join Governor Spencer Cox’s trade mission to Israel and the United Arab Emirates on September 8-17, 2022. The 2020 Abraham Accords that normalized diplomatic and trade relations between Israel, the UAE, and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa has unlocked tremendous economic opportunities in the region. 

September’s governor-led trade mission will help Utah businesses capitalize on these emerging opportunities and build bridges between our economies. Both Israel and the UAE share important similarities with Utah — from their dynamic innovation ecosystems to their expertise in navigating familiar challenges, such as water management — making them excellent partners for Utah companies looking to grow in the Middle East.

The agenda will include meetings and luncheons with key government officials and business organizations, networking receptions, and a few cultural activities. The participation fee is $3,500, which includes local transportation, networking receptions, and many meals. Participants will separately cover their own airfare and lodging. Eligible business participants can apply for STEP Grant funding to help cover travel costs — learn more and apply by clicking here. Applications are due no later than Friday, July 1.

We will continue to update this website with the latest logistical information as we get closer to the trade mission.

 

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Focus Areas

Utah companies and organizations in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply to join the trade mission: 

  • Life sciences and healthcare innovation
  • Aerospace and defense
  • Information technology
  • Venture and investment funds
  • Food and agriculture technology

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Applications to join the trade mission are due no later than Friday, July 1. Prospective participants will be evaluated for their business’ readiness to succeed on the trade mission and fit within the focus areas. We expect demand for this trade mission will exceed availability but will endeavor to accommodate as many business participants as feasible.

 

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Contact

Please reach out to Jake Glenn, director of trade shows and trade missions at World Trade Center Utah, at jglenn@wtcutah.com with any questions.

 

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Small businesses may be eligible for grants administered by WTC Utah to offset some travel expenses and to receive customized trade services at no cost. Please apply here or reach out to us at info@wtcutah.com if you have questions.

Feedback from the 2022 Governor-led Business Trip to Mexico

“WTC Utah and the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity did a great job organizing the Governor-led trade mission to Mexico. Their network on the ground provided valuable information regarding the political, economic, and cultural landscape. Traveling with the governor was especially helpful in opening doors to associations and partner factories that otherwise would have been unavailable.”
—Jonathan Freedman, Co-founder, Downeast Outfitters

“There are two ways to attempt to penetrate a new market for the first time. One is expensive, very time consuming and with a very high risk, and the other one is to partner with the state and WTC Utah. We accomplished more in one week than we could have possibly achieved in months of market research and business development activities. The effectiveness was five times what we could have achieved using our own resources, and the cost was significantly lower.”
—Bernardo Ospina, Director of Global Channels, Romaric

 

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Disclaimer: Space is limited. The Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and World Trade Center Utah will work to determine which individuals, businesses, and organizations will be selected to participate in the trade mission. Our objective is to build the very best team to maximize the value this trade mission creates for the state of Utah and its businesses. Each registrant will receive confirmation of his or her own acceptance along with a link for the participation fee. If, unfortunately, we are unable to accept your application to join this trade mission, we will notify you via email.

Cancellation Policy: If a mission participant cancels their participation of their own accord, the participation fee is non-refundable.