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China and Russia commit to World Energy Congress

BRIC governments commit to sending high-level delegations to world’s “most important energy event” for 2013 with China making significant participation for first time in Congress’s 90-year history

China and Russia will send high-level delegations to the World Energy Congress in South Korea in October this year

The Chinese and Russian governments have committed to sending high-level delegations to the World Energy Congress in South Korea this year, organisers have announced. The Organising Committee for the 2013 World Energy Congress said it had been notified that China's National Energy Administration (NEA) would send a ministerial-level delegation to the event in October and that the government body had advised Chinese energy companies of its plan to attend.

The Chinese delegation will be one of the largest to the Congress, which will host up to 5,000 delegates from around the world. This will be the first time in the 90-year history of the event that China will have participated in such a significant way, organisers have said.

The Committee further announced that Alexander Novak, the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, would lead a delegation that will include the Russian ministries of Natural Resources and Environment, and of Foreign Affairs, as well as Gazprom, Transneft, Rosneft, RusHydro, the State Atomic Energy Corporation and other major energy companies. The Russian delegation is also planning a "Russia Day" event at the Congress.

Dr. Christoph Frei, secretary general of the London-based World Energy Council, which hosts the triennial event, said: "We are delighted with the decision by the governmental and industry leaders in China and Russia. Having just been in China and Russia I know that this high level participation in the Congress will provide a fascinating overview of the opportunities and challenges of our energy world in transition. Such engagement by the world's biggest players is crucial for a meaningful event."

"Both countries are in the centre of many critical energy developments. We want to understand, within the global energy transformation, whether there is a refocus of ambition within the respective governments," he added.

Cho Hwan-eik, chair of the Organising Committee of the 2013 World Energy Congress, said: "This will be the first time in the 90-year history of the event that China will have participated in such a significant way. For both the Chinese and Russians now to commit to the Daegu event underscores the fact that the Congress is the most important event on the global energy calendar this year.

"We look forward to hearing more about developments in Russia and the energy challenges and opportunities in China at the World Energy Congress in October," he said.

The World Energy Congress is the world's premier energy gathering and will take place on 13 to 17 October in the city of Daegu. More than 200 prominent speakers, including energy ministers, industry CEOs and top experts and researchers, will answer the most pressing questions facing the global energy industry today.

Under the theme of 'Securing Tomorrow's Energy Today', topics range from the future prospects energy industries, including renewables sectors, to the tough policy decisions needed to balance the often conflicting priorities of energy security, universal access to affordable energy, and environmental protection. Delegates will also be given insights into how finance and innovation are shaping our energy future.

The Organising Committee also confirmed that a number of other governments are currently planning significant activity for the Congress.

Mr. Chosaid: "The discussions we are having with many governments at this early stage in our planning only serve to highlight the importance of this global event being staged in the heart of Asia at a time of significant transition in the energy sector."