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World Energy Congress to be held in UAE on ‘energy for prosperity’

The World Energy Council, chaired by Daesung Group Chairman Younghoon David Kim, will host the 24th World Energy Congress from Monday to Thursday in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, under the theme of “Energy for Prosperity.”

About 15,000 people from the energy sector representing over 150 countries are expected to attend the event. They include representatives of global energy companies and international organizations, academics, heads of government and top energy department officials. 

There will be around 300 speakers and panelists, including Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia State Minister of Energy Affairs, Alexander Novak, minister of energy of the Russian Federation, and Dan Brouillette, deputy secretary of the US Department of Energy, according to the council.

Other participants include major decision makers from international organizations dealing with energy and the environment -- like the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Renewable Energy Agency, the International Energy Agency and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries -- as well as global companies such as General Electric, BASF, Petronas, Total and Siemens.

In his opening speech, Kim will stress that innovative technology is key to fostering the future development of the energy industry and resolving crises like climate change, according to Daesung Group, which he leads.

Kim was inaugurated as the chairman of WEC in 2016 after serving as co-chairman for three years, following six years as the vice chairman of WEC Asia-Pacific and South Asia. 

By Shin Ji-hye (