The Carolinas, with its 1000+ energy companies and organizations, is believed to be the largest energy economy in the eastern United States and has become an emerging leader in sourcing energy services, products and project development facilitation in sub-Saharan Africa. U.S. and African energy policy officials and executives engaged in Africa – Carolinas energy trade will meet in Charlotte to learn of opportunities and develop partnerships with which to pursue projects, capital, products and services.
|JUST CONFIRMED! Matthew Rees, Deputy Coordinator in Washington, DC for Power Africa will address the conference as its Tuesday Luncheon Keynote Speaker. Matt has previously served as the USAID Deputy Coordinator for Trade Africa – the U.S. Initiative, sister to Power Africa, focused on boosting trade with and within East Africa. Simultaneously, he served for five years in Nairobi, Kenya as Director of the USAID/East Africa Office of Regional Economic Integration, directing programs and assistance for regional trade, agriculture and integration. He has also had significant foreign development service in Columbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Guatemala and Mongolia.|
The main day of the conference will provide an intensive examination of African energy trade with panels on “Where and What?”, “Who and How?”, “How to Profit and Keep It”, how to access federal services and case studies of Carolina companies successfully conducting African energy trade. The conference’s third day will consist of dozens of one on one sessions between parties interested in developing or expanding their African energy trade.
Past conference participants have observed that “because of the Carolinas energy industry’s size and diversity and its proximity to sub-Saharan Africa a considerable energy trade has developed. African countries and companies are increasingly seeking out Carolina-based partners and Energizing Africa conference brings together opportunity and potential partners.
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We greatly appreciate the support of our sponsors which make possible the exceptionally low cost of attending this conference; no charge for African delegates, $69/person for employees of E4 Carolinas member companies and $119/person for employees of companies which are not E4 Carolinas members.
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|DAY 1: Monday, October 23rd (Venue: Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202)|
|2:00 pm – 5:00 pm||Registration|
|3:00 pm – 5:15 pm||Welcome to Charlotte/Region Overview|
|5:30 pm – 8:00 pm||Dine Together in Charlotte (Attendees are matched for dinner and select their Charlotte restaurant)|
|DAY 2: Tuesday, October 24th (Venue: Foundation for the Carolinas: 4th Floor, 220 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202)|
|8:30 am – 9:00 am||Registration|
|9:00 am – 10:15 am||Welcome and Keynote Address|
|10:15 am – 11:15 am||Africa Energy Trade: Where and What?|
|11:30 am – 12:30 pm||Africa Energy Trade: Who and How?|
|12:30 pm – 1:00 pm||Luncheon|
|1:00 pm – 1:30 pm||Keynote Address|
|1:30 pm – 2:30 pm||Africa Energy Trade: How to Profit and Keep It|
|3:00 pm – 4:00 pm||Accessing Trade Assistance|
|4:00 pm – 5:30 pm||Case Studies and Conclusion|
|5:30 pm – 7:00 pm||Reception (Venue: K&L Gates, Hearst Tower, Suite 4700, 214 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202)|
|DAY 3: Wednesday, October 25th Partnership “Roundtable Meetings” – Up to fourteen (14) African delegations, Federal agencies and Carolina corporations will be housed in conference rooms at K&L Gates and Parker Poe (up to seven at each location). Others will be programmed to meet with these in 30 minute sessions (speed-networking). (Venues: Parker Poe in Three Wells Fargo Center, 401, S Tryon Street, Suite 3000, Charlotte, NC 28202 and K&L Gates in Hearst Tower, 214 N Tryon Street, Suite 4700, Charlotte, NC 28202)|
|8:00 am – 10:30 am||Registration and Meetings 1 through 4|
|10:30 am – 11:00 am||Break – opportunity for U.S./other teams to switch venues|
|11:00 am – 12:30 pm||Meetings 5 through 7|
|12:30 am – 1:30 pm||Lunch|