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TAGS: EAID ENRG EPET KGHG KPAO KSCA OPDC SENV SOCI TRGY RW
SUBJECT: SUBJECT: FORMAL INVITATION TO ATTEND THE
WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RENEWABLE ENERGY
(WIREC) MARCH 4-6, 2008

REF: A) STATE 138428 B) STATE 80334

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ACTION REQUESTS
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1. Action Requests: Ambassador or appropriate senior
officials at Embassy Kigali is requested to deliver
the text in paragraph 5 as a letter over Post
Official's signature to either the host government's
Foreign minister or, if known, the host government's
Designated Minister-level head of official delegation to
WIREC 2008. Post at its discretion may cc other
ministers who have indicated an interest in attending
WIREC. Post is asked to confirm delivery of the
letter via return cable. Please include name and
contact information for post's WIREC POC in the
response cable.

2. Post is are requested to inform the GOR
that Official Individual Country Ministerial-level
delegations may consist of a maximum of 10 individuals
per country, composed of up to three Ministers,
including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Energy,
Agriculture, or Environment (or the equivalent Ministers
covering those portfolios) and three subnational
government representatives. We defer to each country's
Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to determine their
country's precise makeup of the 'Official WIREC
Ministerial Delegation,' as well as to inform us of
their 'Head of Delegation,' assuming more than one
Minister-level delegate is part of that country's
official delegation. However, we appreciate Embassy
engagement with the MFA to ensure that the delegation
is comprised of appropriate Ministers and subnational
government representatives.

3. Post is requested to inform the host government
that each member of the delegation must submit an
individual registration form to confirm attendance
at WIREC 2008. Official delegates may register
for the conference via the internet at http://
www.usea.org/WIREC/official party registration pub 0001.pdf.

4. The German Government has offered to sponsor travel
of Eng. Albert Butare, Minister of State in charge of
energy and communications, Ministry of Infrastructure,
who is invited to serve as a panelist on renewable energy
in Africa at a German-sponsored side event. OES has
provided the Germans with an individual invitation for
Butare to allow him to attend, although we rely on the
GOR to determine whether he will be part of the official
Rwandan delegation to WIREC. We have only very limited
sponsorship funds available and there may not be any
other funds available for Rwandan delegates.

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TEXT OF LETTER
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5. Begin text of the letter:

Dear Mr./Madam Minister: (or other appropriate salutation)

The U.S. State Department will host the Washington
International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008)
in Washington on March 4-6, 2008. WIREC 2008 is the
third global ministerial-level event on renewable energy
after Bonn in 2004 and Beijing in 2005. WIREC will
serve as a global platform for ministers and senior
leaders from the private sector, sub-national
governments, and civil society to discuss and share
information about the benefits of renewable energy,
identify best practices and barriers, and consider
policy options and measures needed to encourage the
rapid development of renewable energy in their
countries.

I am pleased to invite (insert name of country) to send an
official delegation to WIREC 2008. Approximately 2,000
delegates will participate in the three-day conference at
the Washington Convention Center, and we envision
participation by U.S. Cabinet secretaries and senior
White House officials.

In the spirit of the International Action Program that was
agreed to at the Bonn Conference, I am inviting your
government to consider making a voluntary national pledge
at WIREC to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy
in your country. The consolidation of national
governments' pledges, as well as pledges from other major
stakeholders (sub-national governments, international
organizations, the private sector, civil society, and
multi-stakeholder partnerships) will be one of the major
outcomes of WIREC.

I look forward to your official delegation's active
Participation in WIREC 2008.

Sincerely,
(insert name of Ambassador or appropriate senior
embassy official)

End text.

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DEADLINE
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6. Post is asked to deliver the formal invitation
letter to the minister who has been designated to
head the official delegation, if known, or, if a head
of delegation has not been decided, to the foreign
minister, no later than OOB Wednesday, February 13.
Response cables should be slugged for OES for WIREC
Action Group Leader Stan Specht and OES Special
Assistant Camille Hill.

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POC FOR QUESTIONS
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7. For additional information about WIREC 2008, contact
OES' WIREC Action Group Leader Stan Specht (OES/PCI) at
SpechtSH@state.gov and consult the official WIREC website
at www.wirec2008.gov.
RICE

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