CHC, in its capacity as Chair of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) Gas Industry Advisory Committee (GIAC), coorganized with the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry the EMGF Energy Transition Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus from 13-14 October 2022. H.E. Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus attended the conference and greeted the participants. Opening remarks were then presented by H.E. Osama Mobarez – EMGF Secretary General and H.E. Kadri Simson – EU Commissioner for Energy. They applauded the efforts of all EMGF Ministers, EB members and GIAC members, highlighting how EMGF will play a key role in the future energy scene providing an opportunity for energy transition and security.
This was followed by a ministerial opening panel discussion titled “The role of the East Med countries and the EU in promoting partnership to achieve ambitious common goals on Energy Transition and Energy Security” attended by H.E Tarek El Molla, Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, H.E Natasa Pilides, Cypriot Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry, H.E. Kostas Skrekas, Greek Minister of Environment and Energy, H.E. Saleh A. Al-Kharabsheh, Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, H.E Osama Mobarez, EMGF Secretary General, H.E. Kadri Simson, EU Commissioner for Energy. The session provided revealing insights around the role of the East Med countries and their future vision and strategies in the energy transition domain.
In the evening a closed session for GIAC and EB members was conducted to discuss the preliminary outcomes of two important studies on Energy Security and Energy Transition. The first presentation was conducted by Mr. Karim El Desouky – EMGF GIAC Decarbonisation WG Lead titled “Decarbonization in the East Mediterranean Region Report” followed by another presentation by Mr. Sameh Sabry – EMGF GIAC Economic SC Head titled “The Role of East Med in the EU Energy Security”. These presentations gave an overview and update on both topics and welcomed discussions from all audience attending.