World Energy Cities Partnership 2015 AGM focusing on business opportunities in the global energy economy

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  • Posted on October 23, 2015


    WECPThe 20th Annual General Meeting of the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP), is taking place from October 25-28, 2015 in Rio De Janeiro. In addition to electing a new board executive, the event presents an opportunity for political leaders from the world’s energy cities to address the business opportunities and challenges of the global energy economy.

    “Today’s cities are facing complex challenges, from financing energy infrastructure to developing policies that promote innovation. The WECP annual meeting brings together a diverse, multi-stakeholder community to provide the means to address these challenges and to build partnerships that support positive, transformative change,” said Christine Sagen Helgø, WECP president and Mayor of Stavanger, Norway.

    This year’s WECP AGM will be hosted by Rio Negócios, the official investment promotion agency of Rio de Janeiro.  Three themes; oil & gas industry development, urban transformation; and policies to support research and development, will dominate the agenda of this international conference.

    “The 20th WECP AGM, reinforces Rio de Janeiro’s position as an international marketplace. For Rio Negócios, this is an excellent opportunity to identify companies offering services and products compatible with the city’s vocation – offshore subsea – and with the potential to execute investment projects,” stated Marcelo Haddad, president of Rio Negócios.

    Rio Negócios expects to attract over 400 participants from 150 companies in the oil and gas sector, including the presidents of Shell Brazil, GE Brazil, Statoil and Schlumberger Brazil. Also confirmed for the WECP AGM are the following leaders of international delegations:

    City Country Leader of Delegation Position
    Aberdeen Scotland Mr. George Adam Lord Provost
    Calgary Canada Ms. Gillian McCormack VP Business & Trade Development
    Cape Town South Africa Mr. Gareth Morgan Principal Officer for Trade & Investment
    Dammam Saudi Arabia Mr. Saleh Al-Mulhim Energy Consultant
    Daqing China Mr. Han Lihua Mayor
    Doha Qatar Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Al-Sayed Mayor
    Dongying China Mr. Li Junfeng Deputy Mayor
    Esbjerg Denmark Mr. Johnny Søtrup Mayor
    Halifax Canada Mr. Mike Savage Mayor
    Houston USA Mr. Andy Icken Chief Development Officer
    Karamay China Mr. Youli Song Secretary, Party Committee of Karamay
    Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Mr. Datuk Seri Haji Ahmad Phesal VP Promotion and Business Opportunities
    Rio de Janeiro Brazil Mr. Eduardo Paes Mayor
    Stavanger Norway Ms. Christine Sagen Helgø Mayor

    Headquartered in Houston (USA), the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) is the international hub for energy cities. Its objective is to support the growth of the energy economy.  Currently, there are 23 world energy capitals that make up the WECP collaboration network. WECP membership allows cities to work within the organization to expand business opportunities, share ideas on investment attraction and urban development, and develop strategic alliances with other world energy cities.