Hawaii’s four counties will host a sister-cities summit bringing together Hawaii’s sister-city partners from around the world to discuss collaborative opportunities in economic development, clean energy, international trade, business, educational exchange and cross-cultural understanding.
The inaugural Counties of Hawaii: Sister-Cities Summit will take place September 13-15 at the Hawaii Convention Center.
The event is expected to bring over 150 delegates from 14 international cities to the Islands.
The Sister-Cities Summit is being held in conjunction with the 2011 Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo (APCESE). Like Hawaii’s four counties, many of the visiting sister-cities are focused on reducing their dependence on oil and creating clean-energy economies. APCESE will provide visiting sister-cities delegates with opportunities to learn about the ambitious and innovative clean-energy initiatives underway in Hawaii as well as to establish partnerships with Hawaii businesses and government agencies to collaborate on clean-energy generation and smart-grid infrastructure development.
These sister-city relationships being acknowledged are an internationally accepted standard upon which closer economic, business and cultural exchanges between two foreign cities are promoted.
Please Join Us For:
Summit Welcome Dinner at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
September 13, 2011 at 5:00 PM
A showcase of Hawaii’s Chefs and regional produce and products, and Award Presentation of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2011 Hawaii Host Committee’s Hawaii Business Innovation Showcase.
Sister-Cities Summit at The Hawaii Convention Center
September 14, 2011 10:00 AM – 5 PM
Morning session will present information about their municipalities and the available economic opportunities. A luncheon will feature a signing ceremony between City & County of Honolulu, County of Hawaii, County of Kauai, County of Maui and a new sister-city. Afternoon sessions will begin with a clean energy panel of eight cities discussing their city’s clean energy strategies, technologies, successes and challenges. Following the clean energy discussion, Reta Jo Lewis, Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the Secretary of State, will present on the upcoming 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Dale Wright, Standards Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, will discuss how to do business in China.
September 14, 2011 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
APCESE Reception and Expo is a wonderful opportunity to view all the different clean energy technologies on display in the exposition hall. Most displays will have company representatives on hand to provide you with more details about their technologies. Light food and beverage will be served.