Conferences and receptions managed by BCIU offer opportunities for member companies and governments to jointly address issues of common concern. The initiative to organize a conference is taken by BCIU members, U.S. government officials, or foreign government officials. The host determines the format for the conference or reception.
The conference format may include panel discussions, breakout sessions, and networking receptions. One example of a BCIU conference is the Regional Chiefs of Mission Conference. Each Regional Bureau of the U.S. Department of State usually sponsors an annual Chiefs of Mission internal conference, for which BCIU obtains State Department approval to add a business outreach segment. This outreach segment allows BCIU members and ambassadors to meet informally face to face in one event. After breakout sessions, where government officials provide their in-country perspective and view on the economy and political pressures in the region, a networking reception is held. In some instances, when scheduling allows, a dinner session is also on the agenda.
The reception format may include keynote speakers. Receptions offer BCIU members ample networking opportunities with a wide variety of actors, ranging from U.S. government to foreign governments to business executives across different sectors, all of whom have expertise in their respective fields. Sponsorship opportunities may be available to member companies for larger events, which ensures their company’s exposure at the event and enhances the company’s profile among the participants.