U.S. Embassy Leads Delegation to Offshore Technology Conference in Houston

Group of people. (Photo Credit: State Department)U.S. Embassy Commercial Officer Julia Rauner and Commercial Specialist Clemencia Yola led an eight company Angolan delegation of petroleum service/equipment suppliers and operators to the world’s largest offshore petroleum conference and trade fair, Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston May 4-7, 2015.    As part of a global U.S. Department of Commerce program at OTC, the U.S. Embassy arranged customized business meetings and technical briefings for the Angolan delegation with U.S. companies seeking Angolan business partners to bring the latest U.S. technology and equipment to Angola.  Initial meetings at OTC already show strong potential for long-term business success.  The Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy Luanda opened in January 2015 and is dedicated to facilitating contact between U.S. and Angolan companies with the goal of bringing U.S. technologies equipment and services to Angola for the mutual economic benefit of both of our countries.

Pictured at a technical briefing by U.S. company Bilco Tools and the delegation group from left to right:  Amyn Mangi  from Klinger Angola;  Nelson Pacavira  from SOMOIL;  Clemencia Yola from U.S. Embassy;  Tchila Chocombongue and Lidia Nhanga from OPAIA Oil and Gas;  Rui Magalhaes from Open Safety; Pedro Lukebadio from Angola Purchasing and Supply; Oscar Rabiero Bonome and Veronique Herman from Provider Offshore Services; Neliralda Silva and Ria Butarbutar from SOCAPOS;  and Julia Rauner Guerrero from the U.S. Embassy.