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5,000-plus ministers, CEOs, experts likely to attend Daegu energy congress

More than 5,000 energy-related ministers, CEOs and experts from about 100 countries are expected to attend the 22nd World Energy Congress slated for October in Daegu, organizers in Seoul said on Thursday.

The organizing committee also unveiled the first speaker lineup, including names and titles of 100 speakers, in a bid to attract more global attention to the event.

“South Africa’s Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has recently confirmed his participation in the event as the 100th speaker,” the committee, led by the Korea Electric Power Corp., said in a press release.

“The committee will continue to attract more speakers to meet the target of 200 speakers for the world’s largest and most influential energy event.”

The confirmed speakers include UAE Energy Minister H.E. Mohamed Bin Dhaen Al Hamli, Saudi Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda, Saudi Aramco CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih, Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser, Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, and International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol.

The 22nd World Energy Congress, hosted by the World Energy Council every three years, will cover a variety of energy agenda under the theme of “Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today.”

“With the world at a crucial point in the development of global energy transformation, the Congress will provide a unique insight into the future of the energy sector and highlight key opportunities,” the World Energy Council said.
It is the second time for the WEC to be held in Asia after the Congress in Japan in 1990.

By Seo Jee-yeon  (jyseo@heraldcorp.com)
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