August 28, 2003

World energy leaders to meet in Halifax

(HALIFAX, NS August 28, 2003) Mayors and senior economic development representatives from around the world have confirmed their attendance at the 2003 World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) Annual General Meeting, being held in Halifax from October 8-10.

The meeting, hosted by Mayor Peter Kelly and organized by the Greater Halifax Partnership, will focus on planning and formal business of the WECP. This includes induction of new cities, the election of officers and future directions for the organization.

Confirmed attendees include mayors from Houston, Texas; Perth Australia; Aberdeen, Scotland; Dongying, China; St. John’s NFLD; Daqing, China; and, Halifax, NS. Other cities, including Stavanger, Norway will be represented by senior civic and economic development officials. This group represents 8 of the 12 world energy cities, with still more to be confirmed. (See attached for full list)

Mayor Kelly said that he is looking forward to welcoming the international delegations, noting that Halifax has a long tradition of hosting senior international dignitaries. “I am excited about getting down to business, working with the mayors and developing long-term business and political relationships.” He added, “As Halifax’s energy sector is in an early growth mode, we stand to benefit considerably from the experience and knowledge shared from cities like Houston and others that have more mature sectors.”

“We have been deeply involved in the planning and organization of this meeting and are extremely pleased with the number of confirmed attendees, a list that represents a significant increase over previous years,” said Stephen Dempsey, President and CEO, Greater Halifax Partnership. He added, “This event will solidify Halifax’s and Canada’s position in the global energy community and generate international interest in the emerging opportunities in Canada’s offshore.”

This is the first time Halifax has hosted the annual general meeting and it is also the first time the WECP annual general meeting is being held in conjunction with a major industry conference, the Canadian Offshore Resources Exhibition and Conference (CORE). CORE, presented by Emera and hosted by OTANS is Canada’s premier offshore oil and gas event. By combining the WECP annual general meeting with the CORE conference, local companies will have a unique chance to explore potential partnership opportunities with representatives of world energy cities.

Halifax is one of the newest members of the World Energy Cities Partnership, which is a worldwide network of cities that promotes the exchange of petroleum industry knowledge and economic and infrastructure development strategies to help member cities in their common task of supporting the local energy sector.

WECP membership allows Halifax to work within the organization to provide opportunities for local companies to partner with oil and gas businesses in other World Energy Cities. It also provides a forum from which the industry in Nova Scotia can benefit from the experiences of other energy cities with more mature oil and gas sectors, transferring knowledge and skills to Nova Scotia companies.

The Greater Halifax Partnership is the economic growth organization for Greater Halifax focused on retaining, expanding and attracting business. It is among the most innovative and successful economic development partnerships in North America.
The Partnership is proud to have led Halifax's successful bid for membership in the World Energy Cities organization and is the host organization for the 2003 WECP annual general meeting.

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