The sixth edition of the Russian Energy Week (REW) International Forum took place from October 11 to 13 in Moscow, bringing together government officials, industry leaders, scientists, and experts from around the world. The central theme of this year’s event was ‘The New Reality of Global Energy: Building the Future’.
The forum served as a platform for specialized industry discussions with a focus on international cooperation in the energy sector. The event saw significant international participation, reinforcing its role in shaping the future of the global energy landscape.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Alexander Novak, expressed his optimism about the Forum’s potential impact on international relations and the energy sector. He remarked, “REW once again brought together everyone interested in the joint development of energy, and people willing to work together for the future. It’s great that foreign countries were widely represented this year.”
The extensive program included over 70 events, featuring more than 225 speakers and drawing over 5,000 delegates from 84 countries and territories. More than 1,200 representatives from over 250 foreign and Russian businesses attended, along with 36 heads of diplomatic corps. The Youth Day events saw the participation of over 2,000 young attendees.
The Forum’s program revolved around four key pillars: ‘The International Agenda,’ ‘The Development of the Fuel and Energy Sector,’ ‘Scientific and Technological Development, and the Digital Transformation,’ and ‘Sustainable Development and the Climate.’ It also included bilateral meetings, negotiations, and business breakfasts.
A significant highlight of the event was the plenary session, attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of Iraq, Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani. The discussion was moderated by journalist Amr Abdelhamid of Al Ghad TV.
The session titled ‘The Global Oil and Gas Market: Navigating a Period of Turbulence’ garnered significant attention. It featured Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak, Caretaker Federal Minister of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Muhammad Ali, Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska Radovan Viskovic, Minister of Petroleum of the Islamic Republic of Iran Javad Owji, Executive Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Delcy Eloina Rodriguez Gomez, and Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan Parviz Shahbazov.
Another key event was the Global Energy Association’s ‘Building the City of the Future’ session, attended by Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, Sberbank CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board Herman Gref, and foreign guests, including Deputy Director for Information Technology of China’s State Grid Corporation Jiye Wang and Point Systems Zrt Founder and CEO Laszlo Kovacs.
Russian Energy Week facilitated crucial meetings, including the Joint Intergovernmental Russian-Saudi Commission and discussions on ways to substitute imports of oil and gas equipment led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov and Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak.
In addition to the discussions and networking, the Forum celebrated scientific achievements with the presentation of the Global Energy Prize, awarded to outstanding scientists from China in the fields of non-conventional energy and new ways of energy application.
Furthermore, REW 2023 hosted the ‘Energy of the Pen’ international media competition, honoring the winners whose work showcased the importance of the energy industry. A total of 262 applications from Russia and 23 other countries were considered for the awards, highlighting the global reach and influence of the Russian Energy Week International Forum.