Photo by Mark Neyman, GPO
The State of Israel's Outstanding Exporter and Foreign Trade Award for 2016 was presented today by President Reuven Rivlin at the President's Residence.
Prizes for outstanding 2016 Exporter Award were awarded to digital printing developer HP Indigo, Ham-let Metal Products, BioBee Biological Systems, Cabiran Investment Casting, and Al Al Electronics Engineering and Manufacturing.
Drip irrigation pioneer Netafim was awarded the "Export Prize" for a special contribution to Israeli exports.
President Rivlin noted that, "The drips irrigation systems, which spread over hundreds of thousands of miles throughout the world, were born here. If generations of Israeli entrepreneurs were not allowed to unleash their creative spark, it is doubtful that the State of Israel would have reached where it has in its 70 years of existence. "
The President said that Israeli companies should be kept in Israeli hands and remarked that, "We must remember that the large, prestigious and significant companies that we have established are our strategic, national assets. We must consider how to keep these companies Israeli.