2011 ‘Feria Energetica’ Begins

With the participation of 30 exhibitors, the fifth ‘Feria Energetica’ (Energy Fair) organized by Guatemala’s Ministry of Energy and Mines began on November 14.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Javier Lopez said that among the activities planned, were 35 lectures by experts from the energy sector from Colombia, Mexico, Japan and India.

Javier Lopez, assistant coordinator of the fair, told Siglo21.com.gt: "...There will be a forum led by the Organization of American States (OAS), which will address the issue of biofuels. Guidelines for investment in the country in different types of energy will also be explained’, he said."

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