The Industrial Cooperation Authority (ICA) at the Ministry of Economy, has Signed an Agreement to Continue the EPICOS/Impact Program Operation in Israel for Three More Years (June 2013)
ICA Deputy Director General Gabi Golomb: In the five years that the program has been operating, Israeli industry has been exposed to many business opportunities as a result of its participation in this unique program in which 100 Israeli companies in the defense, aerospace and homeland security sectors have taken part.
Mr. Golomb said that the program is designed to expand the range of business opportunities for Israeli industry through free access to defense and aerospace international tenders and as such serves as an additional marketing tool for Israeli companies overseas. The program, which is managed by the ICA in cooperation with Greece's EPICOS Company and Israel's Impact Group, allows the Israeli companies taking part to be exposed to business opportunities in international markets.
ICA Director Defense Related Industrial Cooperation Zvi Michaelovitz said that within the framework of the program, Israeli industrial companies – large and small – gained the close support of EPICOS in their contacts with leading international firms and with foreign government representatives that are potential customers. As in the past, those participating in the program will enjoy the complimentary services provided by the ICA for three more years, aimed at increasing Israeli exports.
Similar programs are operating for some time with great success in 15 other countries including Switzerland, Brazil, Austria, Holland, Norway and others.
The Israeli companies in the defense, aerospace and homeland security sectors take part in the program in order to upgrade their international marketing ability and take advantage of the opportunities to win international defense and aerospace tenders issued by governments worldwide. Due to the experience gained from operating the program over the past years, it has been extended for a further three years. The program allows companies access to EPICOS's international commercial website E-marketplace – a B2B website that includes business opportunities in the area of international procurement, Industrial Cooperation and Offsets.
Companies in the defense and aerospace sectors that have not yet registered for the program and are interested in doing so are invited to contact the ICA at www.ica.gov.il