SouthAf_groupOn September 5, 2013 the Bay Area Center for International Trade and Development (CITD) co-hosted a one day in-bound trade mission at Skyline College. This was the first stop for the South African delegates on their ‘Reverse Trade Mission to the U.S.’ This trade mission was sponsored and funded by the U.S Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). This opportunity brought together delegates representing top private sponsors and developers in Sub-Saharan Africa with solar power experts and suppliers from the United States in order to discuss project opportunities and the various U.S. private and public financing resources for trade development in the Southern African region.

After the opening comments by the President of Skyline College, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, presentations were made by representatives from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, USTDA, and SAFE-BIDCO. Additional presentations were made by Skyline College’s Energy Systems Technology Management program in support of the CITD’s international contract education projects. Among those in attendance from Skyline College were Richard Soyombo, CITD Executive Director, CITD staff and representatives from Skyline College’s Energy Systems Technology Management program.

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Article by Elizabeth Tablan, photo by Raul Guerra.