ISI was pleased to participate in this year’s African Utility Week which has become a key event in the annual calendar for the African power sector. This year was no exception, with the Cape Town conference being co-located with PowerGen Africa for the first time, creating a much larger event than in previous years. Over 350 companies exhibited their technologies and solutions and more than 10,500 people attended – nearly double the number at last year’s event.
ISI organized a trade event focused on Africa, on behalf of Charles County Maryland, to help local areas companies understand the potential opportunities for U.S. businesses in Africa and how to successfully pursue them.
ISI was back in Cape Town for African Utility Week again this year. This year's conference and exhibition highlighted not only the range of product and service solutions available in the power and water sectors, but also the varying needs of the 54 diverse markets in Africa.
Las Vegas, NV – As the only annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries, World of Concrete is always a good educational and networking opportunity for ISI Consultants and many of our clients. And this year was no exception, with over 58,000 attendees and nearly 1,600 companies exhibiting. In fact, this was the largest attendance in 9 years, clearly reflecting the upbeat mood of many of our clients in the industry and people we spoke with on the show floor.
Las Vegas, NV – This year's POWER-GEN International attracted over 20,000 attendees from over 100 countries with more than 1,400 exhibitors and nearly 300 speakers. Representation from international markets was high, with over 700 international attendees coming as part of official delegations, including delegations from nearly 20 countries across Middle East and Africa.
Cape Town, South Africa - ISI attended African Utility Week, where discussions with a number of companies in generation, transmission, distribution, renewables, and finance, provided a good indicator of the current state of the power sector in Africa.
Washington, DC – ISI’s Managing Director, Ross Ensor, and Client Services Director, Ian Oliver, attended a reception and dinner with the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, Martin Dahinden, at the Swiss Residence to discuss de-risking infrastructure investments around the world.
Washington, DC – Representatives of ISI were in attendance at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, academics and private sector executives to discuss issues focused around the global economy and international development.
Washington, DC – ISI’s Managing Director, Ross Ensor, and Client Services Director, Ian Oliver, attended a reception with the Hon. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, where he shared the Bank's vision and progress on the "High 5s.”
The American Boiler Manufacturers Association, the oldest national manufacturing trade association in America, invited ISI's Ian Oliver, to speak about opportunities in Africa for its members at its annual summer meeting in Lake Tahoe.
ISI Consultants is pleased to announce that it has partnered with The Intercultural Management Institute at The American University in Washington, D.C. (IMI) to provide its clients with training programs that prepare employees at every level of an organization to perform more effectively across geographic, linguistic, and cultural divides.
Ian Oliver, Client Services Director at ISI Consultants, was invited to speak at the 17th annual conference of the Intercultural Management Institute at The American University in Washington D.C. on March 10th.
U.S. Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, has appointed ISI Consultants’ Managing Director, Ross Ensor, to serve a second four-year term on the District Export Council in Washington D.C. Mr. Ensor was originally appointed to the Export Council in 2012 based upon his knowledge and experience from over 20 years of international business experience, working with U.S. companies to export their products and services to over 80 countries around the world.
This year’s POWER-GEN International conference, which took place on December 6th – 10th in Las Vegas, truly was an ‘international’ event with over 20,000 attendees from 111 countries. ISI consultants was pleased to be invited to host a panel on How to Succeed in Africa.
As part of ISI Consultant's educational program for Economic Development Organizations and in support of the National Export Initiative, ISI presented a training workshop at the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), for small business owners interested in starting or expanding into international markets.
Despite low oil prices, this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which took place on May 4th–7th in Houston, was the largest show in the conferences’ 47-year history. As the leading forum for the offshore oil and gas industry, there were strong signs of a resilient industry despite some tremendous challenges.
ISI Consultants was pleased to organize a networking evening with the International Trade Administration and the District Export Council, Washington DC at the South African Embassy. The event brought together over 250 business leaders from around the country to talk with Ambassadors to the U.S. from South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Angola and Ghana as well as representatives from the Embassy of Mozambique about the tremendous opportunities that their countries have to offer for U.S. companies.
The Ambassadors to the U.S. from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania came together at the Ethiopian Embassy on February 3rd with a combined voice, and their message to the more than 200 business leaders attending was loud and clear: “We are ready for your business to come to Africa.”
Africa consists of more than 50 countries, with over 1 billion people speaking somewhere between 1,500 and 3,000 different languages (not to mention 8,000 dialects) and using over 45 different currencies! So, it’s easy to see why doing business in Africa might seem overwhelming to many U.S. businesses.
In the wake of the African Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. ISI Consultants brought together Representatives from Congress, international trade agencies and members of the African diplomatic community along with business leaders for an event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to discuss opportunities for U.S. businesses across the African continent and explore ways that business and government can work together to increase U.S.-Africa trade.