Energizing Africa Through Partnerships:
HUGE New Business Opportunities for the Carolina Businesses
Jim Rogers is and always has been more than just a big thinker. He helped to grow Duke Energy into the largest regulated utility in the United States. Since stepping down as CEO of Duke at the end of 2013, Rogers has been focused on another one of the biggest challenges on the globe—how to bring energy to the roughly 1 in 5 people in the world without electricity.
In fact, just last year, he completed a book entitled Lighting the World. In it, he states, “I’ve come to see that access to electricity is a basic human right that’s denied to over 1.2 billion people around the world. As the former CEO and Chairman of Duke Energy, I know that there’s plenty of clean, sustainable energy for everyone who wants it. No one needs to live in the dark.
“Most people are shocked to hear that nearly one in five people on Earth still don’t have electricity. Even as cell phones become ubiquitous, villagers in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of India must walk miles to charge them. But new technologies now offer scalable, sustainable solutions that I believe can usher in a new era of light, and lift millions out of poverty, enable equal rights for women, and jump-start economic development. They also represent a unique, transforming opportunity for the West to solve its own energy crisis.”
Jim Rogers has just turned a problem into an opportunity!
An important conference in October 2016, Energizing Africa Through Partnerships, being hosted by E4 Carolinas and a number of key sponsors, is purposed to meet the needs of the 1.2 billion people in sub-Saharan Africa by connecting those opportunities with businesses in Charlotte and the Carolinas.
His Excellency, Girma Birru, Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United States and former Ethiopian Energy Minister, as well as Rogers, University Fellow, Duke University Rubenstein Fellows Academy, and former Chairman and CEO of Duke Energy, are the keynote speakers at the conference.
On October 4th through 6th, American businesses will have the opportunity to meet with U.S. and African energy policy officials and executives experienced in the Africa-Carolinas energy trade. They will be meeting in Charlotte to learn about opportunities and develop partnerships to pursue a considerable range of projects. A predecessor conference held in 2014 in Charlotte drew nearly 200 and since then trade has grown. To learn more:
Read more about the program and speakers: http://www.powerafricasummit.com/