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forum that gathers an elite

of scientists and expert

researchers in various

aspects to discuss the

most important global

scientific research studies.

He added that it provides

a platform for discussions

between experts and

officials, decision makers,

industry and production

businessmen to come

up with time- bound

recommendations followed up for execution by

a permanent conference secretariat that also

informs all relevant authorities in the country

in order to contribute to the development

process in Egypt.

He stressed that EPRI has a future vision in

line with Egypt’s 2030 Vision on sustainable

development and the country’s scientific

research strategy that relies on creativity,

knowledge, good-planning, and linking

scientific research to the petroleum industry’s


He clarified that maximising the benefit

out of scientific research and patents via

transforming them into outcomes represent

the economic pillar of EPRI. This is in addition to

research departments, EPRI’s specific-purpose

centres, and the projects that EPRI provides to

the petroleum, industrial, and civil sectors.

On his part, OAPEC Secretary General HE

Abbas Al Naqi gave a speech at the opening

session thanking the organisers for the

invitation. He pointed out that the conference

comes at a time when the global petroleum

industry is witnessing some kind of stability

as a result of a relative improvement in oil

prices recently. This has reflected on the future

projects’ forecasts in the Arab countries and

the world in spite of some difficulties in global

markets and certain geographical spots. HE Al

Naqi pointed out that there have been different

levels of activities in the Arab petroleum

industry, adding that Arab countries enjoy a

prestigious status on the global energy map,

most importantly in terms of hydrocarbons

(oil and gas), supported by their large proven

reserves which they use to export to the world.

He then mentioned some global petroleum

indicators and the role of Arab countries in


HE Al Naqi concluded by stressing that the

purpose of these vital projects in the Arab


maximise the benefits of available resources,

and create new job opportunities, but also to

achieve the sustainable development’s social,

economic, and environmental aspects in line

with the growing global interest in achieving

the sustainable development 2030 goals,

especially goal number 7 ensuring everyone

gets modern, reliable, and sustainable energy

at affordable costs.

OAPEC Secretariat General has contributed


National and Global Petroleum Companies in

Improving Downstream Industries in OAPEC

Member Countries” by Dr Samir Al Kareish,

Director of the Technical Department. The

paper tackled challenges facing downstream

industries (refining and petrochemicals)

that call for enormous cooperation between

national and global companies, for example

in terms of strict regulations on environment,

occupational safety, and working in a complex

and difficult workplace.