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St Petersburg to host 25th World Energy Congress

St Petersburg will host the six day event expected to attract 4,000 delegates

St Petersburg

Russia will host the World Energy Congress in 2022.

The country saw off competition from Portugal and the USA to host the six-day conference, which is run by the World Energy Council (WEC) and attracts around 4,000 international delegates.

Taking place in St Petersburg, 11-15 June, the event allows experts from all over the world to discuss vital issues affecting the world’s energy supply and gain a more international perspective.

Russia last hosted the meeting in 1968, when it was held in Moscow.

Russia’s bid was prepared by the Russian member committee of the WEC, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation with additional support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, as well as from the Roscongress Foundation, the Russian Convention Bureau, Saint Petersburg Convention Bureau, and Expoforum International (the official event exhibition space).

Christoph Frei, WEC secretary general, said: “The Portuguese, Russian and USA bid teams presented strong cases to host the event and it is clear that each of the cities would be an exciting and accomplished destination to host a World Energy Congress.”

Executive secretary of the WEC’s Russian member committee, Nataliya Zaiser, said: “We are one of the oldest members of the World Energy Council – together we have lived through a whole epoch of energy changes, transitions, challenges, threats, and new opportunities which have completely transformed the global energy agenda.

“Together with our partners all over the world, Russia is actively developing new technologies in the energy sector, making energy safer, cleaner, and more accessible to all of humankind. We will be waiting for you in the splendid city of St. Petersburg to discuss our future, add valuable ideas to the global energy dialogue, and achieve real change for the good of future generations.”

Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Anton Kobyakov, said: “Large congresses serve as strategic platforms for establishing a global dialogue, especially in a sector as important to humankind as energy. Russia, as a global leader in the international energy agenda, is open to dialogue and ready to put all of their energy into making the congress a platform where the sector’s leaders will have access to the most recent information and newest ideas.

Director of the Russian Convention Bureau, Alexey Kalachev, said: “This bid is the second international event won with the help of the Russian Convention Bureau in the just the first half year of its existence. It is important to us that foreign experts recognize Russia’s event potential.”

In 2019, the 24th World Energy Congress will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It will be the first time the Congress will be held in the Gulf States.

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