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Tenth Arab Energy Conference

The Eleventh Arab Energy Conference will be convened in Marrakech- Morocco during the period 1 – 4 October 2018. The theme of the Conference will be “Energy and Arab Cooperation.” Discussions will cover: The Transformations in Global Oil and Gas Markets and their Implications for Arab Oil Exports; Energy Security as a Global Partnership;Investment Requirements to Develop the Energy sector in Arab Countries. Discussions will also include Arab and World Energy Resources; Petroleum Downstream Industries in Arab Countries and the World;Arab Cooperation in Electric Power Field;and Energy Demand Management inArab Countries. In addition to the issue of energy, environment, and sustainable development.

OBJECTIVES

The Arab Energy Conference has the following objectives:

1.Establishing an Arab institutional framework to review oil and energy issues in order to develop a Pan-Arab perspective.

2. Coordinating relations among Arab institutions concerned with energy and development.

3.Harmonizing energy policies with development issues.

4.Investigating present and future Arab energy requirements and the means of meeting them.

5.Identifying and assess energy resources existing in the Arab countries, and to coordinate and enhance efforts towards developing these resources.

6.Identifying and evaluate the impact of international energy policies on the Arab countries.

CHAIRMANSHIP

The Eleventh Arab Conference will be chaired by HE Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy,Mines and Sustainable Development, Morocco.

Organizers and Sponsors of the Conference:

 -         The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).

 -         The League of Arab States (LAS).

 -         The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC).

 -         The Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO).

ORGANIZING THE CONFERENCE

The following committees are responsible for organizing the Conference:

1- The Higher Follow-up Committee, formed in accordance with a recommendation by the Second Arab Energy Conference to supervise the Conference. It is composed of the heads of the institutions sponsoring the Conference.

2-The Follow-up Sub-Committee,consists of heads of OAPEC and AFESD, is responsible for organizing the Conference.

3-The Studies Committee,composed of senior representatives from OAPEC and AFESD, is responsible for supervising the progress and finalization of work with respect to the various preparatory phases of the country papers and studies to be submitted to the Conference. The Committee selects the topics for presentation, sets the terms of reference, proposes the speakers, and monitors the preparation of papers.

A joint team of specialists from OAPEC and AFESD was formed to undertake the duties of the Follow-up Sub-Committee and the Studies Committee. The team was commissioned with the tasks of preparing the Conference’s framework, program, and proposing the themes and papers of the Ministerial  and Technical Sessions. Also, a financial committee from both organizations was formed to follow up all financial issues related to the Conference.

 

PARTICIPATION

The Conference participants include official delegates from the Arab countries, speakers invited by the Follow-up Committee, and other selected institutions and individuals involved in energy issues. Participation and attendance are restricted to those invited by the organizers of the Conference.

LANGUAGE

Arabic is the official language of the Conference. Simultaneous interpretation to and from English is provided.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE ARAB ENERGY CONFERENCE

The idea of convening an Arab Energy Conference was initiated with a resolution adopted by the Ministerial Council of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) in May 1977. Consultations between OAPEC and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) led to an agreement that the two organizations jointly sponsor the Conference, thereby ensuring the representation of all Arab countries and underscoring the interrelationship between energy and development.

  1. The First Arab Energy Conference(AEC) was held in March 1979 in Abu-Dhabi, UAE, under the theme, “The Arab and Energy Issues.” After the Conference, contacts were carried out between the League of Arab States and OAPEC to incorporate the activities of the Arab Petroleum Congress, which had been convened by the Arab League since 1959, into those of the Arab Energy Conference. With this the Arab League became a sponsor of the Arab Energy Conference. It was also decided to include the Arab Industrial Development Organization (AIDO) as a co-sponsor of the Conference because of its interest in petrochemical industries.
  2. The SecondAECheld in March 1982 in Doha, Qatar, under the theme “Energy for Development and Arab Economic Integration”.The Arab Organization for Mineral Resources joined as a sponsor of the Conference.
  3. The ThirdAECheld in May 1985 in Algiers, Algeria under the theme “Energy and Arab Cooperation” which was adopted as a permanent theme.
  4. The FourthAECheld in March 1988 in Baghdad, Iraq.
  5.  The FifthAECwas convened in Cairo, Egypt in May 1994. In the meantime the merger of the Arab Organization for Mineral Resources and the Arab industrial Development Organization to form the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) meant that the latter joined OAPEC, AFESD and the League of Arab States as a sponsor of the Conference.
  6. The SixthAECwas held in Damascus, Syria in May 1998. 
  7. The SeventhAECin Cairo, Egypt in May 2002.
  8. The EighthAECin Amman, Jordan in 2006.
  9. The NinthAECwas held in Doha, Qatar in May 2010.
  10. The TenthAECwas held in Abu Dhabi, UAE in December 2014.

All these conferences were supervised by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), the League of Arab States (LAS), the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO).

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Three Ministerial Sessions will cover the following:

  1. The Transformations in Global Oil and Gas Markets and their Implications for Arab Oil Exports.
  2. Energy Security as a Global Partnership.
  3. Investment Requirements in Arab Energy Sector.

Sixteen technical papers will be presented in five Technical Sessions on the following topics:

 

Technical Sessions

 

First Technical Session:

Arab and World Energy Resources: Reality and Expectations.

Three papers will be presented during this session:

  1. Arab and World Energy Resources.
  1. The Role of New Technologies in ReservesGrowth and Production Development.
  1. Current Role and Future Outlook of Renewable Energy

 

 

Second Technical Session:

Petroleum Downstream Industries in Arab Countries and the World

 

Four papers will be presented during this session:

 

  1. Refining Industry in Arab Countries and the World.
  2.  Petrochemicals Industry in Arab Countries and the World.
  3.  Natural Gas Industry in Arab Countries and the World.
  4. Maintaining the Competitive Edge of Arab Petroleum Energy Resources in a Rapidly Changing World Energy Scene.

Third Technical Session:

Arab Cooperation in Electric Power Field

 

Threetechnical papers will be presented during this session:

 

  1. Agreements on Electrical Energy Trade among Arab Countries.
  1. Expanding the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC’s) Electric Power Interconnections beyond the GCC Electrical Grid System and Establishing Electric Power Regional Trade Markets.
  1. Maximizing the Benefits of the Existing Arab Electrical Interconnection Grids.

 

Fourth Technical Session:

Energy Demand Management in Arab Countries

 

Three technical papers will be presented during this session:

 

  1. Arab Energy Demand Outlook 2040.
  2. Energy Subsidies Reform Policies in Arab Countries.
  3. Improving Energy Efficiency in the Industrial Sector in Arab Countries.

Fifth Technical Session:

Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development

 

Three technical papers will be presented during this session:

 

  1. Developments in UNFCCC after Paris Agreement.
  2. Sustainable Development 2030 (case study of Morocco).
  3. Impacts of WTO Agreements on Arab Petroleum Industry.
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