Session One

Global Energy Outlook: What are the Challenges Ahead?

Session One highlights the main developments in the energy sector, looks at the short-and long-term prospects for the world economy and oil market, and evaluates the challenges facing producers and consumers.

Chairman: HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy & Industry, Qatar

"European Union's Energy Outlook: What are the Challenges Ahead?"
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Andris Kesteris, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Piebalgs, European Commission

Energy Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities for OPEC(Slides)
Mr. Mohammed S. Barkindo, Acting for the Secretary General, OPEC Secretariat

The Role of Energy in Developing Countries
HE Rafael Ramirez, Minister of Energy & Petroleum, Venezuela

Producer-Consumer Relations in a New Era
Ambassador Arne Walther, Secretary General, International Energy Forum Secretariat

Prospects of the World Economy
Mr. Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund