HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs welcomes the GECF Heads of State to 6th Gas Summit in Doha in 2021
HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad bin Sherida al-Kaabi called for united efforts to ensure that gas exporting countries continue to develop their natural gas resources and expand their trade routes.
Addressing the 5th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, al-Kaabi said, “We all have the same objective: to place natural gas at the heart of the energy industry as a fuel of the future, and to affirm our true belief that natural gas is a cornerstone in the energy transition.”
He said, “We are committed to working with countries across the globe to ensure the security of their energy supplies and the sustainability of their economic growth.”
The minister voiced support of promoting a meaningful dialogue between gas exporters and importers and other organisations concerned with the objective of greater understanding and appreciation of the role of natural gas plays in support of both economic development and environmental preservation.
“As a cleaner alternative, natural gas is the catalyst for better economic performance and environmental impact. No other source of energy enjoys its versatility and flexibility, as well as its economic and environmental qualities,” he said.
Al-Kaabi said the next summit (6th Gas Summit), which will be held in Doha in 2021, for the second time since the first in 2011, will come amid final preparations leading to the FIFA World Cup 2022 finals.
“This iconic competition will not only be about sports, but it will also be about people, peace, harmony, development and prosperity.”
“The 2022 World Cup will also be the first carbon-neutral competition, which will utilise solar power as well as various energy-saving technologies,” al-Kaabi noted.
In concluding his speech at the summit, the minister affirmed Qatar’s “commitment to the forum’s mission and objectives, and called on all concerned to work hand in hand, and to preserve the cornerstones of their economic and industrial growth and development.”
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