The U.S.-China Roundtable Discussion on Eliminating Energy Poverty in “Bottom Billion Communities” convened on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Organized by the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations, the virtual event was the first of a series of initiatives to be launched on the Foundation’s programmatic platform called the “U.S.-China Bottom Billion Initiative” (“USCBBI”). USCBBI’s mission is to bring together in common cause the United States and China to identify and promote innovative ideas designed to lift up and unleash the potential of the most disadvantaged one-seventh of the global population.
This first initiative consisted of an in-depth roundtable discussion consisting of subject-matter experts, industry representatives, NGO executives and former senior policymakers from the U.S. and China. Participants were brought together to discuss actions and policies U.S. and Chinese public and private stakeholders can undertake, both independently and jointly, to accelerate the pace of electrification in bottom billion communities and empower/protect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.
This event was made possible through the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation.