According to the organisers, the Ministry’s collaboration will include a speech by the Minister of Finance, H.E. Mr. Mohammad Safadi during the opening ceremony and Ministry involvement will continue throughout the programme of the 2-day summit, which will include a full session on fiscal and taxation aspects of the oil and gas sector. This session is expected to be chaired by Mr. Alain Bifani, Director General of the Ministry.
The event has seen a surge of new speakers, sponsors and supporters join the programme in the last few days and this momentum is set to continue now that the Ministry of Finance has officially confirmed its support.
In addition to H.E. Minister Safadi, and Mr. Bifani, new speakers include Me. Gaby Daaboul, Advisor of Petroleum Affairs who will speak alongside confirmed speakers from the Ministry of Energy and Water including; the Speaker Patron H.E. Mr Gebran Bassil, Minister for Energy and Mr Wissam Chabt and Dr. Fadi Nader consultants at the Ministry.
Recently confirmed private sector speakers include, Dr. Naji Abi Aad, C.O.O, Petroleb Lebanon chairing the session on LNG Terminals; Dr Thorsten Ploss, Partner, Global Oil and Gas Centre of Excellence, Ernst and Young Middle East speaking on investing in Lebanon’s emerging oil and gas industry and Dr.Mostefa Ouki, Vice President Nexant chairing a session on international markets and their impact on Lebanese energy production. The speaker line up now includes over 15 international oil and gas experts who will lead sessions over the 2 days of the summit programme on the three main themes of Investment and Finance, Markets and Impacts.
LIOG also confirms new sponsors have signed up to the event. ‘’LIOG is delighted to announce that BB Energy and Hypco have signed to be the Gold Sponsor,‘’explained Paul Gilbert, Managing Director, Global Event Partners Ltd, the event organiser.
“At BB Energy we’re looking forward to the LIOG Summit. With the support of the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Finance plus all the other supporting organisations, it looks to be a huge success,” said Mr. Baha Bassatne, Chairman, BB Energy.
A further supporter of the event is the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce. “The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber is proud to sponsor the Lebanon International Oil & Gas Summit, which promises to deliver the best and brightest industry and government leaders showcasing a future filled with opportunities in this emerging region,” said Aida Araissi, President, Bilateral Chamber. “The support of the US-Arab Chamber gives further credibility to and prestige of the event and the international audience we will attract,” added Gilbert.
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‘The LIOG Summit comes at a really important time for the oil and gas industry in Lebanon, as the industry is still developing. It’s crucial to have a forum like this where private and public sector oil and gas experts can meet to explore and discuss the future opportunities in the industry,’ concluded Dory Renno from Planners and Partners.
The LIOG Summit programme is being finalised in partnership with the Ministry and the steering committee of private and public sector partners and supporters. The agenda will unite the leading regional and international oil and gas experts to examine the investment opportunities in the region, explore the current challenges and identify future solutions for the successful development of the oil and gas industry in Lebanon.
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