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24th World Energy Congress held in Abu Dhabi

The 24th World Energy Congress was held in Abu Dhabi, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 9-12 September 2019. It was held under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE.

About 24th World Energy Congress

Theme of this year’s 4-day World Energy Congress: ‘Energy for Prosperity’. This theme also represents ambitious and dynamic energy transition of UAE.

Objective: To bring together international energy stakeholders including governments, academia and media, private and state corporations.

The Congress welcomed more than 15,000 participants including 72 Ministers, 250 high-level speakers, 500 CEOs, 1000 media persons with 40,000 square-metre exhibition space that will cover entire energy spectrum.

World Energy Congress (WEC)

Background: The World Energy Congress is a triennial event and has been running since 1924. With over 150 countries represented, WEC is world’s largest and most influential energy event that covers all aspects of energy agenda.

It is a global flagship event of World Energy Council.

It offers a unique platform for global energy leaders to explore new energy futures, new strategies and critical innovation areas.

The congress enables dialogue amongst Ministers, CEOs, policy-makers and industry practitioners on critical developments in energy sector.

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8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER8) held in Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates hosted the 8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER8) on 10 September 2019, alongside the 24th World Energy Congress (which will be held from 9-12 September 2019) in Abu Dhabi, UAE. India is the co-host along with UAE at the AMER8 event.

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan who is on a 3-day visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE), will participate in 8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER8) in Abu Dhabi.

About 8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable

UAE with India as co-host of AMER8, convened International Energy Forum (IEF) energy ministers and heads of key international organisations to debate energy security in age of change with a view to empower responsible growth in Asia as well as the world.

The AMER8 is structured in two plenary sessions that will focus ministerial dialogue on-

  1. The role of new technologies for a more competitive and productive world energy mix
  2. Advancing inclusive access to secure, affordable, and sustainable energy services

Significance: Ministerial dialogue findings at AMER8 will help to inform 17th Ministerial International Energy Forum to be held in 2020. India which is the co-host of AMER8, will seek to advance these dialogue outcomes when it convenes 9th Asian Ministerial Roundtable (AMER9) in 2021 in New Delhi.


United Arab Emirates (UAE) took over the hosting of ‘8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable’ from Kingdom of Thailand that focused dialogue on global energy markets in transition to move from vision to action at 7th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER7) held in Bangkok, Thailand from 1-3 November 2017. This was with a view to deepen ministerial foresight on energy market security and the role of innovation to empower responsible growth.

The key ministerial dialogue findings of AMER7 that was laid down in concluding statement by Government of Thailand informed ministerial dialogue at 16th International Energy Forum Ministerial hosted by India on 10-12 April 2018 in New Delhi (IEF16).

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