On December 13, 2019, Asia Society Northern California anchor a conversation with Israel’s representative universal, Shlomi Kofman, on Israel’s position in Asia. The chat was moderated by Yitz Applbaum, worldwide Trustee of Asia Society and universal colleague/Co-Founder of MizMaa Ventures.
The rising significance of Asia for Israel runs similar to its appearance as a main force in the world financial system. Today, three of the seven biggest economies in the globe reside in Asia, of which a lot of Israeli business have been tapping into Asian markets and origin of savings. Economics, and more specially trade, are driving Israel nearer to more than a few Asian states, particularly China, which engaged in $15 billion of two-sided deal with Israel last year. In fact, Israel-China associations are principally construct around financial, scientific, and infrastructure cooperation, of which even Chinese investors, wary of deal debate with the U.S., may more and more look to Israel for large-tech investments. China also sees Israel as a key associate in its One strap One Road Initiative, which aims to reconstruct the very old Silk Road by linking China with Europe through new property and sea way. Israel’s tactical immediacy to the Suez Canal places it at the middle of these ambitions. Thus, presentation Israel’s financial and political strategy as a option between aligning with whichever the East or West is deceptive Israel’s topography and culture, and the fact that it identifies with the West while occupy in the East, makes it wholly located to act as a bridge between these two hemispheres.
regarding Consul universal Shlomi Kofman
Shlomi Kofman began his meeting as Israel’s Consul universal to the soothing Northwest in August 2017. He most newly served as a rule consultant to the Deputy overseas Ministers based in Jerusalem, Israel.
Over the route of his 20 year diplomatic vocation, Consul universal Kofman has obey as Israel’s Deputy diplomat universal in New York City, Chief of Staff to Ambassadors in Washington D.C., Deputy Ambassador in Thailand and second-in-command Consul universal in Shanghai. His past domestic Foreign Ministry positions include: manager of North American financial interaction, Policy Advisor to the Deputy overseas Minister, political Advisor & manager of the International section in the assembly and Ministry of nationwide Infrastructure, and the Head of the Northeast Asia division. Prior to amalgamation the Foreign Ministry, he worked in the High-Tech Industry representing the Israeli business Orbot in South Korea, as well as a advisor to a leading Israeli business, ECI.