The event gathered governments, industry organizations, private companies, international organisations and think tanks to discuss the current challenges of the energy markets today and the road to energy transition.
14 February 2022, Cairo. UfM Secretary General, Nasser Kamel, took part in the 5th Egypt Petroleum Show in Cairo, in the panel on “Modernising global energy dialogue for industry”. The event was inaugurated by the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, and gathered global and regional energy stakeholders including governments, heads of international organisations, private companies and think tanks.
In his intervention, UfM SG pointed out the environmental and climate risks the Mediterranean is facing and highlighted UfM’s work for a just and sustainable energy transition in the region. Among others, SG Kamel underlined UfM’s main lines of action, including training and capacitation of professionals; promoting the development of renewable sources; fostering South-South and North-South interconnection of energy networks and fostering of energy efficiency, both as a form of energy security and as a contribution to enhanced climate ambitions of MENA States.
The panel also included keynote speeches from Mohammad Barkindo, SG of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Ali Sabt BenSabt, SG of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), Joseph McMonigle, SG of the International Energy Forum (IEF), Osama Mobarez, SG of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), Dr Houda Ben Jannet Allal, General Director of the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME), Omar Farouk Ibrahim, SG of the African Petroleum Producers’ Organization (APPO) and Mohamed Hamel, SG of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). Among others, the session highlighted the importance of the industry being part of the solution to climate-change and energy transition. At the same time the panel addressed mitigating future energy crises and fluctuating market pricing due to future global uncertainties.