Aberdeen City Council has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the following international regions and cities to encourage business links and open new markets:
Re-signed October 2017
Halifax is a world leader in the oceans sector, given its strategic location on North America’s east coast. The sector itself is broad, and includes goods and service providers engaged in oceans technology, fishing and aquaculture, life sciences, shipbuilding, and ocean observation, as well as marine-centric defence and security, transportation, and energy.
Aberdeen and Halifax have a strong, historical relationship since the signing of the first MoU between the Province of Nova Scotia and Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council in 1996. This MoU was then re-signed between Aberdeen City Council and Halifax Regional Municipality in September 2013 and refreshed in October 2017.
Signed March 2017
Colombia is the third-largest oil producer in South America and the fifth-largest crude exporter to the United States. At the end of 2015 the country had more than 2million barrels of proven crude oil reserves, with an onshore reserves-to-production ratio of 5.5 years.
Barranquilla’s relationship with Aberdeen City Council is relatively new with the MoU being signed in March 2017 following two previous inward delegations to Aberdeen, from Barranquilla, in 2015 and 2016. Since the signing of the MoU, Aberdeen has assisted Barranquilla with their successful application to join World Energy Cities Partnership and assisted with relationship building between Aberdeen and Barranquilla’s business community.
Mokpo, South Korea
Signed March 2017
The South Korean Government is leading the way in the Asia-Pacific region with its low carbon strategy. In July 2009, the Government committed to spending 2% of GDP annually on the low carbon economy. Its Presidential Committee for Green Growth has set an ambitious target of a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.
Aberdeen and Mokpo signed a MoU in February 2017 with the particular focus on this MoU on renewable energy (especially offshore wind and wave/tidal), marine engineering and higher education.
Villahermosa/Tabasco Region, Mexico
Re-signed March 2017
The Mexican energy sector has rapidly undergone deep structural changes following the announcement of an Energy Reform in 2013. Constitutional amendments have allowed the participation of private organisations across the entire oil & gas supply chain in Mexico. This liberalisation has created opportunities for local and international businesses as Aberdeen companies are particularly well placed to offer technology and expertise that can fill the gaps within this newly-opened industry, particularly in subsea technology, drilling services and efficiencies and midstream.
Aberdeen first signed a MoU with Villahermosa and the State of Tabasco in 2005 and this has since been reviewed and resigned in 2017. Villahermosa is a fellow member of the World Energy Cities Partnership. The city therefore has strong working relationships with the local and regional Governments in key regions and with the Department for International Trade (formally UKTI), which all serve to support and facilitate the entry of UK/Scottish/Aberdeen companies into the market.
Signed February, 2018
In recent years there has been significant activity between Aberdeen and Mozambique to build links and lay the foundations for UK companies to enter this market. Following a high profile visit to Aberdeen from the President of Mozambique in 2013, there have been further inward and outward visits leading to the development of a MoU between Aberdeen and Pemba being signed in February 2018, to give a more formal framework to the cooperation. This formal partnership provides focus and credibility to trade development activity between the two cities.
Opportunities for Aberdeen companies engaging in this emerging export market come from the supply chain involved in offshore gas (LNG production). One key industry which Mozambique is lacking is in-country training, particularly in technical skills such as welding, mechanical fitting and electrical.
Other associated sectors of opportunity for Aberdeen companies also include the renewables industry. Mozambique is a country with widely dispersed, mostly rural population and therefore there is a great deal of potential for supplying electricity for off –grid applications, particularly through solar, small hydro installations and biomass waste from forest and / or agricultural waste.
World Energy Cities Partnership
The World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) is collaboration between 19 "energy cities" around the world.
Established in 1995, the WECP is a non-profit organisation whose member cities are globally recognized as international energy capitals.
These member cities actively seek and develop opportunities to learn, exchange, and engage in activities which strengthen multilateral ties. The WECP is bound by a co-operative agreement signed by the Mayors of each city, who serve as board members, is directed by an elected President and Vice-President, and is supported by a Secretariat office, based in Houston, USA. The Vice-Presidency is currently held by Councillor Barney Crockett, The Lord Provost of Aberdeen City Council.
The WECP primarily serves to assist with business-to-business interaction, partnerships in energy-related activities, and the sharing of industry knowledge, contacts, and experiences, while providing a worldwide network of industry support services and resources. The organization facilitates trade missions for local businesses to travel to member cities and capitalize on business development opportunities.
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