Thursday was the second day of the Annual General Meeting hosted by Esbjerg in Denmark.
The day began with the official opening session at Esbjerg Town Hall where the WECP President and Mayor of Esbjerg, Jesper Frost Rasmussen welcomed the delegates visiting Esbjerg for the AGM 2022. Everyone was excited to see each other in person for the first time after the COVID-10 pandemic.
Afterward, the members of WECP got an insight into how local companies in Esbjerg play a leading role in the green transition at Semco Maritime A/S. Steen Brødbæk, the CEO of Semco Maritime A/S was among on of those who gave a presentation to the WECP members.
In the afternoon the WECP Annual General board Meeting took place at Hotel Britannia. 10 cities were represented in person in Esbjerg. Dammam, Halifax, Perth, Cape Town, Aberdeen, Scotland, Kobe, Houston, Calgary, and Esbjerg. Four cities joined virtually – Barranquilla, Dongying, Karamay and Daqing.
The participants in the meeting covered a range of topics. Among the main important ones were two new initiatives that everyone in the meeting concluded, they want to explore further.
One initiative is to start having business-to-business cooperation to strengthen the ties between member cities. This could benefit local companies in the energy cities.
The other initiative is academic partnerships between educational institutions from each energy city to further the exchange of knowledge and benefit students. Stavanger, Aberdeen and Denmark are leading the way in this initiative.
The day ended with a guided tour of the Port of Esbjerg and a formal dinner at Musikhuset in Esbjerg with the board of directors of Port Esbjerg and local companies.
You can see all the pictures from the AGM in Esbjerg here. In case of use please credit Esbjerg Municipality.