Business Sectors

Life Sciences Life Sciences
Fourth in the world in biotechnology patents per capita, Israel not only has the talent to innovate, but the skills to transform technology into successful enterprise. A generous government incentives program is a major factor for pushing progress forward.

Water Technologies
Since its founding, Israel has been coping with water scarcity and has been treating the subject as a national priority. The country has been constantly developing novel and efficient water technologies, which can benefit the world as it is increasingly dealing with water scarcity concerns due to global warming. Israel’s success in answering the country’s water needs stems from its ability to incorporate an extensive variety of solutions under multiple constrains.

In the past decade, Israel has emerged as a leading supplier for the global telecommunications industry. Producing cutting-edge, innovative technologies, Israeli communications companies continue to attract top-tier institutional investors, raising a tremendous $88 million from venture capitalists in 2004.

Homeland Security
As a top national priority, Homeland Security in Israel is more than just an exportable commodity. Israel’s self-reliance has created a diversified and cutting edge security industry, adding innovation to existing technologies as well as developing new ones. Israel today has earned its worldwide reputation for providing leading security solutions and continues to successfully partner with key world players to protect airports, seaports, government offices, financial institutions, recreational

Semiconductor Industry
Israel has long been recognized as a leading force in the semiconductor industry. The semiconductor sector drives growth in many markets including microprocessors, data and voice communications, wireless, IP and networking communications, consumer, automotive, defense and more, representing prime opportunities for investment and cooperation.

Israel is one of the leading chemical-producing nations in the world, and chemicals are a primary export. The industry formally began at the beginning of last century, when efforts commenced to extract minerals from the Dead Sea. When the State was founded, the new government established several state-owned companies to mine the raw materials and process the derivatives.

Israel is internationally recognized as a leader in cutting edge agricultural advancements. Israel’s high level of development is due to the close cooperation between scientists, extension advisers, farmers, and agriculture-related industries, who contribute to the manufacturing of advanced technologies used locally and around the world.

While Israel does not engage in large scale vehicle manufacturing, more than 100 Israeli manufacturers supply systems, parts, modules and tooling to both original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and to the secondary market. Originally established to support, among others, the security and aircraft industries, Israeli companies have successfully adapted relevant technologies that were utilized for the military to civilian uses and made themselves a prominent technology destination for the internat

Israel’s creativity in design has gained the country a reputation for being highly marketable and competitive. Israeli designers are today organized and business-like and are being sought by the global community for their innovation and creativity.

Israel’s film industry provides a solid, busy, vibrant and creative film community which is committed to further developing and encouraging the cooperation with filmmakers from all over the world. The worldwide success of Israeli films is reflected in the increase in co-productions and foreign investments in Israeli films. Foreign investment in Israeli films increased to $7.5 million in 2008 and made up 40% of the total amount invested in Israeli films.

New Media
Israel is home to more than 700 new media companies whose offerings span the range of new media possibilities, including content creation, delivery and management, gaming, broadcast, digital & cable TV, IPTV and satellite services. The Israeli sector boasts both global giants like BigBand, ICQ, and NDS as well as over 400 start up media companies characterized by innovation and entrepreneurship.

A Track record of cutting-edge innovation
A Thriving Entrepreneurial Spirit
An Exceptional Workforce
Scientific Excellence, Industrial knowhow
Global Technological Leadership

A Flexible, Creative Economy
Flourishing Venture Capital Market
A Resilient Economy, Secure for Investors
Cultural Richness and Diversity
Legislative and Financial Support


The Foreign Trade Administration (FTA) at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry manages
and supports Israel’s international trade and trade policy.

Through its headquarters in Jerusalem together with over 40 economic and trade missions in
key financial centers throughout the world, the FTA works tirelessly to promote Israel’s economy on a global scale.

The FTA operates a network of economic and commercial attachés around the world, who constitute the
operational-diplomatic arm of the Ministry in overseas markets and provide a wide range of services to Israeli
companies and the international business community.

The main areas of activity of the Foreign Trade Administration include promoting trade and exports, initiating and
maintaining trade agreements with the aim of improving Israel’s trade conditions, encouraging and attracting
foreign investments, and creating strategic cooperation with foreign companies.