The countdown for the 24th World Energy Congress 2019 has started. In less than 24 days time the UAE capital Abu Dhabi will host the 24th edition of the renowned event, marking the first time it has taken place in the Middle East. The President of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall, heads an impressive list of influential heads of state, government ministers and business leaders who will lead discussions and debates on the latest hot topics in the sector.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the Congress will see Abu Dhabi become the centre of the global energy debate for four days from 9th to 12th September. Extensively covering the full spectrum of energy output, supply and diversification from oil and gas to renewables and nuclear, the World Energy Congress is the largest, longest-running and most influential energy gathering in the world. The 2019 edition will be held under the theme of 'Energy for Prosperity', paying homage to the leadership of Sheikh Zayed, the UAE's founding father, and the great strides that have been made to deliver his vision of using natural resources and energy to not only unlock prosperity but to act as a catalyst for social and economic growth.
H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry and Chairman of the UAE Organising Committee for the 24th World Energy Congress said: "The World Energy Congress is a global event that will bring together some of the most eminent figures from the fields of energy generation, supply, innovation and distribution to discuss, debate and ultimately tackle the defining issues of today in order to secure a more prosperous tomorrow. "As the first Middle Eastern nation to welcome the Congress, the UAE is proud to host the most result-driven and productive edition here in Abu Dhabi and to highlight the ongoing achievements of the UAE in the delivery of pioneering energy solutions and systems." Taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), high profile global speakers attending the Congress include, H.E. Alexander Novak, the Russian Federation's Minister of Energy, Dan Brouillette, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Energy, H.E. Megan Woods, New Zealand's Minister of Energy and Resources and H.E. Joao Galamba, Secretary of State for Energy, Government of Portugal. Congress participants from the GCC include H.E. Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy, Industry & Mineral Resources, H.E. Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhy, Oman's Minister of Oil and Gas and H.E. Abdullah Al- Akwa, Yemen's Minister of Electricity and Energy.
Also speaking at the Congress will be leading figures from the United Nations, the World Bank, as well as Friends of the Earth, World Wildlife Fund, General Electric, BASF, Hyundai and Petronas, along with key decision-makers from Tata Motors Group, Rosatom, Jinko Solar, Singapore Power, ENI, Total, Siemens, GE Power, Engie, EDF among others. Held every three years, the World Energy Congress pioneers new ways of thinking to crystalize action around energy in order to deliver an equitable and sustainable future. Referred to as the 'Davos of energy issues' it is the ideal global platform to showcase the vision of the UAE government to creating a sustainable and future-facing energy sector that embodies the legacy and leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed. As the first OPEC member to host the World Energy Congress and an established member of the World Energy Council, the UAE will deliver the largest and most action-orientated World Energy Congress in the event's long prestigious history in line with the goals outlined in the UAE's 'Energy Strategy 2050'.
A comprehensive development plan, the 'Energy Strategy 2050' is committed to creating a sustainable energy mix that maximises natural resources while transitioning towards greater use of clean fossil fuels, nuclear and renewables. Alongside key host sponsors Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Mubadala and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), participants in the Congress will deliver a positive and meaningful message and a legacy that will influence the way the world provides, consumes and regulates energy for generations to come.
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