The largest number of high-level government officials and executives of major energy companies will attend the Congress in its history.
As the World Energy Congress (WEC) Daegu 2013 is a month away, the WEC Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee announced that 3,440 participants registered from 103 countries thus far, exceeding by 26.4% over the number of registrants by the relevant period of the preceding Congress held in Montreal in 2010.
Under the theme of ‘Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today’, executives of leading global energy companies, specialists and government officials are expected to make in-depth discussion on world energy issues and future direction at the WEC Daegu 2013.
As the 22nd WEC set to be held from October 13 to 17 in Daegu comes nearer, increasing number of participants are registering from countries across the world.
Among others, more than 300 participants, including high-level government officials and executives of energy companies, registered from China thanks to active participation of China’s National Energy Administration. China registered the largest number of participants, except for Korea, recording the largest number in the history of the Congress. In the industrial exhibition, which will be held during the Congress, China will operate the China pavilion.
Japan registered a 163-member delegation, the second largest number of participants next to China, showing deep interest in the Congress, which will be held in 18 years in Asia.
In the WEC, Russia will hold the special session, ‘Focus Russia’, attended by Energy Minister Alexander Novak and officials at the Ministry of Environment & Resources, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Attendees will conduct in-depth discussion on energy policy direction of Russia. The special session will also be attended by executives and representatives from many state-run energy companies in Russia, including Gazprom, a natural gas company; Transneft an oil pipeline company’ Rosneft, an oil company; RusHydro, the largest hydroelectric power company in Russia; and State Atomic Energy Corporation.
In addition, Russia will host the Russian Day event, and many other countries, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are scheduled to operate national pavilions.
Global leading energy companies in 23 countries decided to take part in the WEC to vie advanced energy technologies. They include Aramco in Saudi Arabia; Sonatrach, a state-run oil company in Algeria; Petrobras, a state-run oil company in Brazil; Exxon Mobil in the United States; Mitsubishi and Hitachi in Japan; Eni, the largest oil company in Italy; AREVA SA and Alstom in France; and Siemens in Germany. Participating companies in Korea include Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC), Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), SK Innovation, GS Caltex, Daesung Energy, POSCO, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, and S-Oil.
As of this date, 238 ministers, executives and heads of organizations decided to present papers at the WEC Daegu 2013. They include 44 energy ministers of 35 countries, including the UAE, Russia and South Africa, CEOs of Aramco, Shell and Tokyo Electric Power Company, as well as heads of international organizations and regional development banks.
In preparation of the Congress, the WEC Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee and Daegu City government have reserved 3,800 rooms at hotels and GreenStel (motels and lodging facilities) located in Daegu, Gyeongju and Gumi, and are taking measures to improve facilities and services. They will also provide guide and language interpretation services at motels and convenient stores to help participants from developing countries conveniently use such facilities for reasonable prices.
And, the WEC Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee and Daegu City government set up protocol plans for high-level government officials, such as ministers and vice ministers, and leaders of global companies and international organizations. They are also making systematic preparations for transportation of participants, such as information desks at the airport and railway station, and shuttle bus routes.
More than 70 foreign journalists from world’s major media, including CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Dow Jones and Reuters, and some 80 journalists in Korea registered as of this date. And about 250 journalists are expected to compete in covering the Congress.
Chairman Cho Hwan-eik of the WEC Daegu 2013 Organizing Committee said, “As of now, 238 speakers from 65 countries decided to present papers at the Congress, and participants show high registration rate, heralding success of the Congress. The importance of the WEC Daegu 2013 is reconfirmed as leaders in energy industry, including energy ministers of countries around the world and top executives of global energy companies, expressed willingness to actively take part in the Congress to discuss a variety of energy issues.”
Meanwhile, the World Energy Congress is held in every three years hosted by the World Energy Council, which has 3,000 members in 92 countries. And the WEC Daegu 2013 is the third Congress to be held in Asia in its 90-year history following the Congress in India (1983) and Japan (1995).
As it is anticipated to be attended by more than 5,000 persons, including leaders and representatives in energy area from governments, companies, academia, associations in some 140 countries, as well as international organizations, the WEC Daegu 2013 will be the largest international event to be held in Korea in this year.