In preparation for the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2012 special report on the Iraq energy outlook, the International Energy Agency (IEA) held an informal one-day workshop in Istanbul, Turkey on 4 May 2012.
The workshop was chaired by Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Chief Economist, and had some 85 attendees, including His Excellency Thamir Ghadhban, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Commission in Iraq, who welcomed the WEO study.
There was strong participation from Iraqi government representatives (at both federal and regional level), as well as representatives from other governments, high-level international experts, oil and gas companies, utilities and international organisations, which served as a reflection of the importance of this work.
In 2012, the IEA will be conducting a comprehensive analytical study of the energy outlook for Iraq as part of its annual flagship publication, the World Energy Outlook. The study will be released as a special report on 9 October 2012 and is being conducted with the support and close cooperation of the Government of Iraq.
The aim of the workshop, organised by the IEA with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, was to seek insights and information from high-level experts in industry, policymaking and other relevant stakeholders in various parts of the world to exchange views on Iraqi energy perspectives. The results of the meeting will help to shape the key findings and messages of this year’s World Energy Outlook.
(Source: International Energy Agency)