H.E. Ashti Hawrami, the Kurdistan Regional Government's experienced Oil Minister who continues to successfully pioneer Kurdistan's energy sector, has once more given his support and endorsement for the conference. The industry support for the conference is huge as Kurdistan’s market attracted more than $12bn-worth of non-oil investments from local and foreign investors.
The event is following the hugely successful launch of the first Kurdistan-Iraq Oil & Gas Conference 2011 where Chris Bowers, British Consul General in Erbil, said in one of his speeches: “I have learned that there is a huge appetite in the Kurdistan Region to engage with the international community […]”. Over 600 delegates, senior industry executives and government representatives from KRG and Federal Iraqi Parliament attended the conference and workshops.
High profile speakers are confirmed for the second Edition, including Ministers from the Kurdistan Regional Government-Iraq and the Iraqi Government together with senior industry representatives.
Key Speakers include:
• H.E. Nechirvan Barzani, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan, KRG-Iraq
• H.E. Barham Salih, Former Prime Minister of Kurdistan, KRG-Iraq
• H.E. Dr Rowsch N Shaways, Deputy Prime Minister, Iraqi Government
• H.E. Dr Ashti Howrami, Minister of Natural Resources, KRG-Iraq
Following the conference will be two workshops running at the same time on Wednesday 5 December. The Legal Workshop will be on capitalising on investment opportunities in the upstream in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq with special focus on the legal regime and understanding of laws and contracts. The Technical Workshop will cover most of the key areas of operation, production, processing and management in the petroleum industry from a technical and practical approach.
Sponsors confirmed so far are: Gulf Keystone as Principal Independent, Oil & Gas Management Service Group as Principal Service, UB Holding as Principal Downstream, GEnel Energy International, Marathon Oil Corporation, DanaGas, Repsol, OMV, DNO, Hess, Oryx Petroleum, MOL, Tenaris, Viking International, Talisman Energy, RPS Energy, GardaWorld and Technology Partners as Sponsors.