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Stef Wertheimer



 "Life Achievement" Award to Mr. Stef Wertheimer, November 29, 2011

 Stef Wertheimer, CEO of  Blades Technology, worth an estimated $1 billion, founded four industrial parks in Israel, with the goal of fostering economic growth and job creation to help create stability in the region. "The idea of industrial parks in the Middle East and on the borders between Israel and its neighbors is that the parks will bring industry and provide jobs, which will keep people busy working, instead of engaging in terrorism," explains Wertheimer.

Wertheimer's model park is the Tefen Industrial Park. Built in 1982, it encompasses everything from transportation to cultural and educational facilities. Tefen is one of four such parks in Israel that generate some $1 billion in combined revenue. Wertheimer is especially proud of the industrial park currently being constructed in the Arab-Israeli city of Nazareth where Jews and Arabs will work side by side. "Coexistence in the industrial park in Arab Nazareth is a good example of coexistence. When people work together, they have no time for nonsense. They're too tired at night to commit terrorist acts. They're satisfied, they engage in producing. They work together, not against each other," elaborates Wertheimer on the success of his model.[5]

In early 2000 Wertheimer and Tefen Industries constructed the Gebze Organized Industry Zone (GOSB) Teknopark in Turkey which today consist of over 80 companies and 680 R&D Personnel, in 6 buildings covering a total of 120.000 m2.

For Wertheimer's most successful joint venture with Turkey, The Israel-Turkey Business Counsil presented him with a "Life Achievement" Award and in addition the coveted title " Israel-Turkey Company of the Year 2011" to Tefen Industrial Park.



Enabling business opportunities in Turkey ! web portal has been launced on this purpose aiming to match international buyers with their right counterparts in Turkey. Its easy access feature enables visitors to reach the exporter companies through a few clicks and contact with the manufacturer either by e mail or SMS message.

The portal has 25 sub sectors at the moment but will include all sectors including textile and foodstuff soon.


UBSI of the Afifi Group, Nazareth, awarded "Israel-Turkey Business Company of the Year 2010 "

 UBSI of the Afifi Group, Nazareth, awarded  "Israel-Turkey Business Company of the Year 2010 "

UBSI was selected to hold the coveted title on account of its overwhelming import volume of importing buses and trucks from Izmir's automobiles manufacturer BMC.
UBSI is based in the town of Nazareth in northern Israel, maintaining and servicing a fleet of 670 buses in the Israeli public service.
Despite the political crisis between Israel and Turkey, the civilian bi-lateral trade in the first half of 2011 is booming, totaling $1.25 billion Turkish exports to Israel and $1.11 billion Turkish import of goods from Israel.
 The awarding ceremony took place on November 3 at UBSI's headquarters in Nazareth with distinguished visitors from Israel and Turkey.
Turkey is one of the fastest growing economies in OECD

Turkey is one of the fastest growing economies in OECD,The Turkish economy has grown steadily over the last 27 quarters with an average rate of 7%. This growth is expected to continue in coming years with a lower rate due to the global financial crisis. After the 2001 financial crisis, Turkey made important structural reforms which have led to improve her financial system. Therefore, Turkey is relatively less affected by the global crisis. Although nowadays Turkey has to deal with debts which mostly belong to private companies, effects of the global financial crisis to Turkey are not going to be an internal one on the most part, but it is going be an external one as less demand for exports. Also previous crisis experience of Turkish businessmen and economy officials make Turkey more resilient to the global financial crisis today. Being the commercial center of southeastern Europe, Middle East and Eurasia, Turkey is becoming an increasingly important economic and diplomatic country in the region. Between 2001 and 2007, Turkey’s GDP have increased by 242% totaling to USD 656.6 billion and she became the 15th largest economy in the world.>>


למרות המשבר הפוליטי, הסחר עם טורקיה משגשג

היחסים המדיניים בשפל, אך בטורקיה מדווחים כי ב- 2010 היקף הסחר בין המדינות הגיע לשיא של  3.5 מיליארד דולר,

 דוד ליפקין, NRG


An Enduring Friendship

An Enduring Friendship, Haaretz Daily, March 1, 2011


ישראל-טורקיה : עשור למאזן עסקים מרשים

 ישראל-טורקיה : עשור למאזן עסקים מרשים
מאת דני צימט, סגן נשיא מועצת העסקים ישראל-טורקיה



The Seraya Building in Jaffa

1917, the Seraya Building in Jaffa was captured by British troops from the Ottoman authorities Today,This remarkable project will serve as Turkey's Cultural Center in Israel.

Joint R@D Projects

 Turkey – Israel 4th Call for Proposals for Joint R&D Projects
Deadline for Submission - July 3rd , 2011

Following the outstanding success of the previous calls, Turkey and Israel are announcing the 4th Call for Proposals for joint R&D projects, focusing on development of innovative products and applications in all technological domains. Applicants are expected to develop ready to market solutions or products having strong market potential for Turkey and Israel.

Although projects from all technological domains are welcome, special focus will be given to the following domains:
• ICT – Information and Communication Technologies
• Biotechnology and Medical devices
• Bio-Agro – Agriculture and Food Technologies
• Automotive

 MATIMOP and TÜBİTAK will provide access to public funding for joint projects provided by OCS (Office of the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry & Trade and Labor, Israel) and by TÜBİTAK (Turkey) respectively.

 The budget of the call is 6 Million Euro in total and Turkey and Israel will earmark 3 Million Euro to fund their participants respectively. However, each country may decide to exceed this level of financing

 The call is announced within the framework of the bilateral protocol for cooperation in the field of industrial research and development between Israel and Turkey and it specifically addresses cooperation in the framework in Eureka-Eurostars programs, in which both countries participate. Hence, the program is managed in cooperation and in line with the procedures of Eureka-Eurostars innovation platform (

 MATIMOP and TÜBİTAK will provide all necessary assistance to project partners during project proposal, evaluation and monitoring phase. In addition, both parties will facilitate EUREKA/Eurostars application process and acquisition of the EUREKA/Eurostars label for accepted proposals.

Call Launch and Structure
The Call is launched on May 17th 2010 by TÜBİTAK and MATIMOP.
Eligible partners are invited to present joint proposals for industrial R&D projects according to the following procedures:

• The partners should include at least one Israeli and one Turkish R&D performing commercial company. Participation of research institutes/universities is welcome as additional participants or subcontractors according to each country’s funding regulations.
• Companies from other countries may also participate, but they will not be funded by the OCS or by TÜBİTAK and they have to secure their own expenses.
• The project should have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the cooperation between the participants from the two countries (e.g. increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure etc.).
• The project should demonstrate the contribution of the participants from both countries on an equal base, and the project must be equally significant to both participants.

Any partner whose cooperative R&D project is consistent with the aforementioned criteria can apply to the Call in accordance with the national Laws, Rules, Regulations and Procedures in effect.

Submission and the approval procedures will be of two phases:

1) In the first phase, partners will be asked to present a short project outline via the following EUREKA Project Application Form:
• The completed electronic forms of the phase 1 outlines should be submitted to MATIMOP and TÜBİTAK simultaneously until July 15th, 2010 at 16:00 (local time).
• The forms have to be legally signed by all participating companies. The signatures must be scanned and sent together with the Eureka form as an integral part of the application of phase 1.

The outlines will be screened and evaluated by MATIMOP and TÜBİTAK and the joint results will be notified to the companies within two weeks.
2) In the second phase, partners with approved outlines will be invited to submit their funding applications according to national procedures.
Approved project outlines that qualify to the Eurostars program (, specifically targeted to support R&D performing SME's, will be able to submit funding applications using the Eurostars procedures towards the next Eurostars call on 30th September 2010.

 Partners with outlines approved for phase 2 will be instructed by MATIMOP and TÜBİTAK on how to complete submission of their funding applications, including those qualifying to Eurostars

Each country will fund its eligible participants within EUREKA framework. Funding conditions and eligibility criteria may vary from country to country. As summary, main aspects of funding criteria are explained below:

All companies which were established in accordance with Turkish law can apply for funding for their international projects. There is no budget limit for international projects and they can be funded by TUBITAK without any restriction in project duration. Only companies participating in international projects are funded within this program but universities and research centers can be funded as subcontractors.

Companies receive certain percentage of their eligible costs as a grant in this call. There is no maximum or minimum limit to the budget of project. The percentage is 60% for large companies and 75% for SMEs.

For further information about financing of Turkish participants please directly contact with TÜBİTAK.

An Israeli R&D performing company which initiate single or multi-year program that will provide know-how, processes or methods for the manufacture of a new product, application, technology base service or process. The product must have a sizeable potential for export sales. Research institutes or other participants may apply as a subcontractor to a company. The support is in the form of a conditional grant amounting generally up to 50% (+ regional incentives for companies located in "development zone ") of the eligible R&D budget. Further details regarding grants and payment of royalties are available at the OCS web site.

Contacts for details and partner search requests
Turkey (TÜBİTAK): Mr. Huseyin Goren +90 (312) 468 5300, e-mail:
Israel (MATIMOP): Mr. Uzi Bar-Sadeh , +972-3-5118185, e-mail:


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