Welcome to the International Buyer Program

POWERGEN International is a proud member of the USDOC’s International Buyer Program

If you would like to register seperately as an international attendee and do not wish to be in a delegation, please proceed to this page.

Exclusive International Buyer Program Discounts!

50 Percent Off Full Conference Registration OR Free Exhibit Hall Access


POWERGEN International provides a world stage for the innovations, ideas and solutions that have formed our industry for three decades. POWERGEN International has evolved into the largest, most respected power generation event in the world. As an official International Buyer Program Delegate, you’ll expand your global reach by establishing critical new contacts in the international power market while learning new tips and best practices for improving the way you do business.

USDOC’s International Buyer Program brought 700+ delegates to POWERGEN International 2017, and on we are on target to exceed that number in 2018.

The International Buyer Program (IBP) benefits U.S.-based exhibitors by bringing overseas delegations to meet with U.S. exhibitors to make connections that lead to export partnerships and export sales. 

POWERGEN International has participated in the IBP for more than 10 years in a row. This a complimentary export program brings more than 800+ international attendees to POWERGEN International to meet with U.S. exhibitors to increase export partnerships and export sales. 

IBP participants receive the following benefits:

• More than 50% discount on full conference and exhibition registration, includes access to:
- All conference sessions
- POWERGEN exhibition floor, including networking receptions on Tuesday and Wednesday
- Delegate lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday
- Online access to conference proceedings
- International business center

To receive these benefits and join an International Buyer Program delegation, contact:

Project Officer, International Buyer Program
U.S. Department of Commerce
Phone: +1 (202) 482-0904

USDOC seminars


2:00 PM – 5:30 PM / TUES., DEC. 4 / ROOM 205C

This event is an opportunity for U.S. companies to connect with buyers from African delegations attending PGI from countries across the African continent, including Algeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sao Tome, South Africa, Tanzania, and potentially more to come. The event will include presentations focused on upcoming procurement opportunities in Africa, a presentation on USG resources to assist U.S. companies competing in African markets, one-on-one meetings, and a networking happy hour!

Learn about the trends, opportunities and challenges in Africa from local government officials and U.S. government trade specialists working throughout the continent to identify prospects and facilitate U.S. company entry and growth these fast growing economies.
Connect with buying delegations from Algeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, and Tanzania.
Get to know the U.S. Commercial Service specialists and Power Africa representatives and hear about the many U.S. government resources that are available to assist your company in competing in African markets.  From providing market and procurement opportunity intelligence, connecting U.S. and foreign partners, and educating and supporting U.S. firms in the realities and mechanics of exporting to Africa, these professionals are your first and best companions for your journey to success in Africa. 
Event Schedule:

  •  14:30  Registration 
  •  15:00  Welcome and Overview of Energy Needs and Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa
  •  16:15  POWERGEN Africa Overview 
  •  16:30  Networking Reception


1:00 PM – 4:00 PM / DEC. 5 / ROOM 205C

Join us for a panel discussion and hear first-hand from government and private sector players about how to successfully enter or expand your presence within the Saudi power sector. For more information, please contact Habeeb Saeed (


A Global View: Who Will Be Represented at POWER-GEN International 2018

Power Speaks All Languages

Download a pdf of the International Buyer Program Brochure in the following languages:

Visa Information

Some POWER-GEN International attendees from outside the U.S. will need to apply for a visa at the American Embassy, consulate, or other visa issuing office in their country of origin. To obtain a visa, you will need a letter of invitation, a valid passport, a photo ID and Form DS 156 (nonimmigrant visa application form). A visa is not required for visitors from countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program. For information on requirements for entering the United States, please visit

Once registered, complete all payments if necessary (e.g. Full Conference), receive your registration confirmation number, then complete the Letter of Invitation Application.

ATTN: U.S. Exhibitors

The U.S. Department of Commerce's (USDOC) IBP will offer a complimentary Showtime, B2B Matchmaking and U.S. Export Interest Directory programs for U.S. exhibitors. These allow exhibitors to meet one-on-one with IBP delegation leaders from more than 30+ overseas markets and connect with over 800 IBP delegates at POWER-GEN International.  

Contact Cathy Gibbons: and Anthony Sargis: if you are interested in participating in any of these export programs.  There is no charge, however, you must register to be included.  A PDF of the U.S. Export Interest Directory will be distributed electronically to all 800+ IBP delegates and hard copies of the Directory will be available to all international attendees, through the IBP.

Participation in the three USDOC export programs are available only to U.S. companies whose products represent U.S. content of at least 51%.