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For Immediate Release: May 17, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

Workshop To Dig into $8-Billion
Business Pie in Three Asian Countries

A free workshop assisting California energy companies tap an $8-billion gold mine in business opportunities in China, Malaysia and Vietnam will be held by the California Energy Commission at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 4.

Co-sponsored by the Asia Business Council and the Bay Area Economic Forum (BAYTRADE), the all-day workshop will brief participants on the current energy, business and political climate in the three countries. It will also provide insight on how to pursue and establish business relationships with energy developers and decision makers in that Asian region.

Business exploration missions undertaken by the Energy Commission and private companies to these countries have identified lucrative energy technology export and service opportunities. These include power generation, transmission, energy efficiency, oil and gas exploration, cogeneration and infrastructure development.

The workshop will also provide updates on the CommissionŐs Energy Technology Export Program activities in Thailand and a scheduled trade mission to Kuala Lumpur in September.

Speakers are Barry Neal of Energy Investor Funds, Jeremy Potash of the California Southeast Asia Business Council, Vinod Shrivastava, CORE International, Ken Boras, BCS Incorporated, consulting petroleum geologist Roland Bain and Tim Olson and Jim Miwa of the CommissionŐs energy technology export program.

For workshop information and technical questions, call Jim Miwa at (916) 654-4642 or Connie Bruins at (916) 654-4545.

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