Egypt hosted the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum’s (EMGF) Eighth Ministerial Meeting in Cairo on December 7th, where Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, received the presidency of the next session of the forum during the year 2023 from the current president of the forum in 2022, Natasa Pilides, the Cypriot Minister of Energy and Industry, the Egyptian ministry said in a statement.
The meeting was attended by Osama Mobarez, Secretary-General of the Forum, and heads of delegations from Greece, Italy, Jordan, Israel and France, and among the observer members are the delegations of United States, the European Union (EU) Energy Commission, and the World Bank (WB).
In his opening speech, El Molla stated that the current events and the global energy situation demonstrated the importance of the proactive step taken by establishing the EMGF. The forum presented an important initiative and study in the field of reducing emissions and gas industry’s decarbonization for the first time during the COP27 climate summit. It also provided an important aspect of the global energy supply during the current period, which is witnessing many challenges.
For her part, Pilides, who is the chairperson of the current session of the forum, announced the handover of the presidency of the new session of the forum in 2023 to Egypt, expressing her appreciation for the Egyptian support during the Cypriot presidency of the forum and the efforts made to achieve its goals, wishing success to El Molla during his tenure as chairman of the forum for the year 2023.