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MFM Trade Meetings

April 29, 2010 07:57 ET

Upcoming Power Project Opportunities Totaling More Than $30 Billion to Be Presented in Cairo

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) -  More than 25 power project opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with values ranging from $42 million to $5 billion will be presented by power sector officials and private sector stakeholders at the MENA Power 2010: A Middle East and North Africa Technology and Projects Forum on May 24-26, 2010 in Cairo, Egypt. 

Following the commitment made by President Obama last year in Cairo to support broader economic development in Muslim-majority communities, USTDA's project opportunities include gas-fired combined cycle, cogeneration, solar, wind, hydro and biomass power generation, rural electrification, transmission and distribution upgrades, smart grid technologies, and regional interconnections. Delegations from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, the Palestinian Territories, and Yemen will present their projects during the two-and-a-half-day event organized by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). 

"Cooperating with countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.S. power sector can help the region meet growing electricity demand," said USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak. "In addition to helping U.S. firms find real business opportunities internationally, USTDA's MENA Power Forum will promote sustainable development and renewable energy initiatives."

U.S. technology, financing, and service providers will have the opportunity to meet with several senior MENA power sector officials, including the following energy and electricity ministers and senior officials from the region who have confirmed their participation:

  • H.E. Dr. Hassan Younes, Minister of Electricity and Energy, Egypt;
  • H.E. Dr. Karim W. Hasan, Minister of Electricity, Iraq;
  • H.E. Gebran Bassil, Minister of Energy and Water, Lebanon;
  • H.E. Amina Benkhadra, Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment, Morocco;
  • H.E. Omar Kittaneh, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, the Palestinian Territories;
  • H.E. Awadh al-Suqatri, Minister of Electricity and Energy, Yemen; and
  • Dr. Abdel Karim Mgeg, Director, Energy Investments and Strategy Projects, Libya.

The forum is organized in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service and the U.S. Department of State. U.S. companies sponsoring the event, include: GE, Honeywell, Mantrac/Caterpillar, SolarReserve, eSolar, Black & Veatch and Marketwire.

Official supporting organizations of MENA POWER 2010 are: AmCham MENA Council, AmCham Jordan, AmCham Egypt, AmCham Lebanon, Turkish-American Business Association, Edison Electric Institute, Alliance to Save Energy; National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, and UNESCO.

To register for MENA POWER 2010: A Middle East and North Africa Technology and Projects Forum, please visit the forum's web site at For additional information, please contact Ms. Pamela Peseux, MFM Trade Meetings, Washington, DC at +1.202.347.2725, or +1.866.636.4729, Email: MFM Trade Meetings is an international conference manager selected by the U.S. Trade and Development agency to handle the logistics, marketing, and project research for the forum.

A complete list of the invited and attending delegates can be found at the Forum's web site at

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds technical assistance, feasibility studies, training, orientation visits and business workshops to support development of modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA's efforts create an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development.

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