World Energy Outlook 2009 presentations in Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan

17 November 2009

Deputy Executive Director Ambassador Richard H. Jones brought the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2009 (WEO) to two countries of the Caspian region that are playing an increasingly important role in international energy markets.

Ambassador Jones spoke in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 17 November at the invitation of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (seen in picture with Director Fariz Ismailzade of the Advanced Foreign Service Programme) and gave two further presentations in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on 18 November that focused on the gas and electricity sectors, respectively. The first was at the 14th Turkmenistan International Oil and Gas Conference, during which Ambassador Jones reviewed WEO findings on current trends in natural gas markets and the role gas will play in the future energy mix; the second was at a meeting of a Task Force for Regional Electricity Cooperation in Central and Southern Asia.

While in the Caspian region, Ambassador Jones had the opportunity to discuss the WEO and regional energy developments in more detail with senior policy makers, including Minister of Industry and Energy of Azerbaijan Natiq Aliyev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov and the Head of the State Statistics Committee, Arif Valiyev, and in Turkmenistan with the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Baymurad Khodjamukhamedov, and the recently appointed Minister of Oil and Gas, Oraznur Nurmyradov.