Governor Holcomb and Secretary Chambers Encourage International Business Opportunities in Slovakia and Israel

Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Adjutant General R. Dale Lyles, and Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers will lead an economic development trip to Slovakia and Israel beginning March 27, building on the Governor’s goal of “strengthen Indiana’s international engagement and cultivate new business relationships and new people.” – links with the peoples of Central Europe and the Middle East.

The Governor’s Office said, “While encouraging collaborative opportunities to advance innovation, investment and strengthen strategic relationships, the delegation will provide humanitarian support at a critical time for the geopolitical situation in the region.”

“Secretary Chambers and I are motivated to strengthen relationships with world leaders and job creators while forging new partnerships to advance economic growth and further diversify our vibrant economy,” Governor Holcomb said. “This visit also provides an opportunity to do what is right and offer support to Hoosier through humanitarian efforts to Ukrainians who have found refuge in Slovakia and the greater region. As Hoosiers, we continue to do our part from Indiana, but we have the opportunity to prove our support and commitment to Ukrainians whose lives are directly impacted by the Russian invasion.

Governor Holcomb, Sec. Chambers, Adjutant General Lyles and First Lady Janet Holcomb will depart for Slovakia on Sunday, March 27 and complete the trip in Israel, returning to Indiana on Saturday, April 2. The trip comes weeks before Indiana hosts the first World Economic Summit, which will host delegations from Slovakia and Israel.

In 2018, Governor Holcomb and the Slovak Minister of Economy signed a Memorandum of Understanding that shares best practices and identifies partnership opportunities in advanced manufacturing, defense, automotive, energy, agricultural technology, information technology and cybersecurity. Also in 2018, through a memorandum of understanding between IEDC and the Israel Innovation Authority, Indiana and Israel continue to work to identify 21st century challenges in agrobiosciences, life sciences, technology and cybersecurity and connect the respective companies to work collaboratively on the development of innovative solutions.

Indiana and Slovakia share a growing trade relationship, exporting more than $1 million worth of goods to Slovakia, including chemicals, computer and electronic products, machinery, petroleum and coal products, and hardware transport. Slovakia is also home to several Indiana-based companies, including Berry Global Group, Eli Lilly and Company, and Green Cubes Technology. The Indiana National Guard also shares a more than 25-year partnership with Slovakia through joint military training and cooperative security objectives. Additionally, Indiana and Israel share a strong trade relationship, with Indiana being the 4th largest exporter of goods to Israel in the Midwest and 19th in the United States, according to Governor Holcomb’s office. Last year, Doral, an Israel-based renewable energy developer, inaugurated one of the largest solar farms in the United States, the first phase of which is expected to bring 1.3 gigawatts of clean energy to North America. Indiana.

In Slovakia, Gov. Holcomb, Sec. Chambers, Adjutant General Lyles and the First Lady will meet with nongovernmental and civil society organizations to express Indiana’s support for Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees, in partnership with the Indiana National Guard. The delegation will meet with Slovak leaders in Bratislava, the Slovak capital, to promote Indiana as a premier destination for global innovation in the economy of industries of the future, including sustainable energy and Industry 4.0. On March 30-31, the delegation will meet with Israeli leaders in Tel Aviv, Israel, to discuss agbioscience, electric vehicle (EV) mobility, innovation and start-up/upgrading companies. scale, particularly in the area of ​​green economy, followed by meeting with potential companies to develop agtech accelerators and opportunities to foster future economic cooperation.

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