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Second Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum addresses geopolitical, sustainability challenges

by Martin Menachery on Jan 13, 2018


HE Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, minister of energy, UAE, addressing the Global Energy Forum.
HE Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, minister of energy, UAE, addressing the Global Energy Forum.

Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Atlantic Council held its second-annual Global Energy Forum in the UAE capital yesterday.

The two-day premier event gathered international and regional industry leaders in Abu Dhabi to address the geopolitical, energy and sustainability challenges and opportunities of the future.

The Forum was hosted under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. It is convened in partnership with the Ministry of Energy of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Mubadala Investment Company.

Addressing the Global Energy Forum, HE Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, minister of energy, UAE, said: “In line with the UAE Energy Plan 2050, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum provides a platform for regional and global industry leaders and policy makers to jointly set the energy agenda for 2018. As the demand for energy increases, it is vital to ensure the sustainability of energy resources for strong economic growth and a healthy environment for the future. The combined vision established at the Global Energy Forum will provide a lasting positive contribution to our collective energy future.”

On the first day of the event, global and regional decision-makers set the 2018 energy policy agenda and policy framework, addressing the role of policymakers in the energy transition and the need for new financial frameworks for the new era of energy. The participants of the discussion included: HE Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, minister of energy, United Arab Emirates; Wafaa Yousef Al Zaabi, managing director, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation; Adnan Z Amin, director general, International Renewable Energy Agency; Rainer Baake, state secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Republic of Germany; Fatih Birol, executive director, International Energy Agency; and Dan Brouillette, deputy secretary, US Department of Energy.

The second day of the Global Energy Forum will feature a fireside chat on innovation in the UAE with Musabbeh Al Kaabi, CEO, petroleum and petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company.

Also on the agenda for day two are plenary sessions on the future of OPEC and oil markets; the future of transportation; and nuclear energy. In addition, the Atlantic Council will launch its latest reports ‘Shaping Iraq’s Oil and Gas Future’, ‘Energy: Driving Force Behind Increasing Female Participation in the Gulf?’, and ‘Investments into Electrification and Renewable Energy.’

Ministers attending the Global Energy Forum 2018 are: HE Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, former president, former prime minister, and current minister of planning and strategic investment, Timor-Leste; HE Alfredo Pires, minister of petroleum and mineral resources, Timor-Leste; HE Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, minister of energy and industry, UAE; HE Dr Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, minister of climate change and environment, UAE; HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, minister of state, UAE, and CEO, ADNOC; HE Dr Anwar Bin Mohammed Gargash, minister of state for foreign affairs, UAE; HE Jabar Ali al-Luaibi, minister of oil, Iraq; HE Dr Abdalrahman Osman Abdalrahman, minister of petroleum and gas, Sudan; Rainer Baake, state secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany; HE Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Rumhy, minister of oil and gas, Oman; HE Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, minister of oil, Bahrain; Dan Brouillette, deputy secretary of energy, US Department of Energy; HE Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, minister of mines and hydrocarbons, Equatorial Guinea; and HE Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum, Nigeria.


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