Conferences

BCIU organizes conferences during which its members and government stakeholders jointly address areas of common concern. BCIU develops these conferences in response to member needs or at the request of government officials. Depending on the interest of the host, the event may include panel discussions, breakout sessions and/or networking receptions.

A regular feature of the BCIU annual calendar is the Global U.S. Chiefs of Mission series in Washington, D.C. The series usually involves six separate events, highlighting the six geographic bureaus of the U.S. Department of State. The events feature U.S. ambassadors serving in each region and typically include an economic policy forum and a business-diplomat networking reception or dinner.

Members also have access to Competitiveness Forums with countries seeking ideas to improve the business climate, as well as regional/sector conferences.

Benefits

  • Conference panels allow for focused discussions on key issues, with multiple key actors who are knowledgeable about the topics and who are often available afterward for informal follow-up discussions.
  • Conference Sponsorships enable BCIU member companies to increase their exposure at larger events and enhance their profile among participants.
  • Receptions provide opportunities to initiate informal conversations, discuss issues frankly and explore investment opportunities.
  • In some cases, more narrowly defined conferences or symposia put a specific focus on a given region or trade topic, with all those interested in the specific topic gathered together for a shorter event centered on a luncheon, dinner or evening reception.

Examples

  • BCIU Symposium on Peruvian Competitiveness
  • Botswana Investment Outlook Conference
  • Global U.S. Chiefs of Mission
  • Trade Winds-Asia Conference in Seoul, Korea
  • U.S.-Middle East and North Africa Trade and Investment Conference
  • U.S.-Southeast Europe Trade and Investment Conference in Vienna, Austria