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Posted on July 28, 2015
Rio de Janeiro’s position as an international energy marketplace will be on thespotlight during the month of October, when it hosts the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) annual meeting. The event, held in Latin America for the first time, will gather 23 mayors from cities which have energy as a strategic economic sector. The meeting will also feature for the first time the presence of commercial delegations of the member cities.
In all, tehre will be over 25 events between October 25 and 28, with 150 companies and 400 attendees, among them global leaders, executives, investors and authorities, in networking sessions and high level conferences. The themes to be discusse include investment attraction strategies of the ‘energy cities’ and the urban transformation experienced by Rio de Janeiro while preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games.
“Rio de Janeiro is the only South American representative in the ‘energy cities’ and the choice for the city to host this event demonstrates that we are already a part of the sector’s international business circuit”, says Marcelo Haddad, president of Rio Negócios. “The city is the strategic center for oil companies operating in Brazil and houses one of the largest oil and gas research and development hubs in the world”, he added.
Established in 1995, WECP has as it objective expand business, strengthen commercial ties and develop strategic partnerships and alliances between member cities in the energy sector. Currently, there are 23 world energy capitals belonging to the WECP cooperation network. Among them, Houston (USA) – where the organization’s administratrion is located –, Aberdeen (Scotland), Dubai (UAE), Calgary (Canada), Dammam (Saudi Arabia), Stavanger (Norway) and Doha (Qatar).