DIRECT LINE CALL
CAMEROON’S ENERGY SECTOR: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Subject: Direct Line Conference Call with U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon Robert Jackson, Thursday September 26, 2013 at 9:00am Washington D.C. Time
We look forward to the next conference call in the State Department’s sector-specific series. The next call is scheduled for Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 9:00am to 10:00am Washington D.C. (EDT) Time (2:00pm – 3:00pm in Cameroon) and will focus on the Energy sector, particularly power generation and electricity opportunities in Cameroon. U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon Robert Jackson will host the call. During the call, Ambassador Jackson and Stephanie Boscaino, Deputy Political and Economic Section Chief will discuss the current business environment, provide an overview of the power generation and electricity sector in Cameroon, and outline potential trade and investment opportunities for U.S. power generation and electricity focused companies.
The Direct Line program provides a unique opportunity for American businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises, to engage directly via teleconference with U.S. Ambassadors overseas. The program is open to American companies which are already in Cameroon or interested in expanding their businesses into Cameroon.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 24 to DirectLineEmbassyYaounde@state.gov or via the State Department’s Direct Line Call website with the following information: (1) name, (2) official title, (3) company affiliation and (4) location if you plan to participate in the call. Upon receipt of your RSVP, we will provide conference call information.
Ambassador Robert P. Jackson arrived in Cameroon on October 12, 2010 after being sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon on September 17. He was previously Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., at the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco. Prior to his posting in Rabat, Ambassador Jackson was Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., in Dakar, Senegal; Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.; Political/Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Political-Military Officer in Lisbon, Portugal; Coordinator of the Junior Officer Training Program (A-100) and Deputy Director of the Orientation Division at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C.; Country Officer for Zimbabwe and Botswana; Chief of the Political Section in Harare, Zimbabwe; Country Officer for Nigeria; Political/Economic Officer in Bujumbura, Burundi; and Consular/Economic Officer in Montreal, Canada. Mr. Jackson has been a Member of the Senior Foreign Service since December 2003. In 2006, he received the James A. Baker III – C. Howard Wilkins, Jr., Award for Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission. He has also received three individual superior honor awards and two individual meritorious honor awards.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1982, Mr. Jackson taught French and English as a foreign language at the Institut Montana in Zugerberg, Switzerland. He had previously taught English and American Civilization at the University of Clermont in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Mr. Jackson earned his M.S. in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University, his M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and his B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. A native of Tennessee, Mr. Jackson is married to Babette Pollard Jackson. His foreign languages include French and Portuguese.