IAICC signs MoUs with OJC and Greater NY Chamber of Commerce in New York City

From Left, Mark Jaffe, Appen Menon, Duvi Honig, and Edward Mermelstein at the MoU signing ceremony on May 22, 2024 in New York City. PHOTO: IAICC

The Indian American International Chamber of Commerce (IAICC) signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce (OJC), and the Greater NY Chamber of Commerce, at the Korean American Association of Greater NY Headquarters on May 22, 2024, during the World Trade Week 2024, in New York City.

The event, which brought together local and international trade leaders, diplomats, and government officials, was hosted by OJC and the Greater NY Chamber of Commerce, to celebrate international trade and cooperation.

IAICC’s Executive Chairman and CEO, Appen Menon and OJC’s President Duvi Honig signed the MoU while emphasizing their commitment to advance trade between India and Israel and partnership between both chambers. Menon also signed an MoU with President of Greater NY Chamber of Commerce, Mark Jaffe.

Menon told News India Times “We are excited to sign the MoU with OJC. This will help build business relationship between Israel and India” while adding that the MoU with the

Greater NY Chamber of Commerce will further collaboration in the North East region of the United States.

Consul (HOC and CPIO), Consulate General of India (CGI) in New York, Vishal Harsh, and Acting Chief Executive Officer of US Customs and Border Protection, James McCament, Washington DC, event’s Guest of Honor, were also present at the signing ceremony.

Having a trade representative from CGI “highlighted the importance of international trade and commerce in strengthening relationships” between India and Israel emphasized a statement from OJC noting the mission of OJC is to “unite the world through commerce” a sentiment echoed by Menon.

“In addition to the MoUs signed between the chambers of commerce, the event highlighted the importance of international trade in promoting economic growth and fostering diplomatic relationships,” added the statement. “The active network of over 70 organizations in the New York metro region collaborated to promote international trade and economic development, reflecting the strong commitment to enhancing global trade relations.”

During the event, key individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to global trade were also honored. Deputy Chief Security Officer of the Port Authority of NY and NJ, Danielle Outlaw, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs, Edward Mermelstein, and Acting Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, Troy Miller, were among the honorees who were recognized for their contributions to advancing international trade and economic development.

The event also celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, where Community Board 6 member and Co-Chair, Amit Shah, led the program to recognize the AAPI trading partners.

Other awardees and attendees at the event included New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s Deputy Director of Asian Affairs, Sibu Nair; Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Philippines in NY, Benedict Uy, Consul General of Bangladesh in NY, Md. Najmul Huda; Economic Development Specialist, US Small Business Administration, Kwang Kim; Korean American Association of Greater New York, Man-Li Lin; Consul at Consulate General of Malaysia, Danial Akhtar Abd.; US Department of State Office of Foreign Missions, Olivia Sznaza; and President of Korean American Chamber of Commerce, James Kim.



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