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Press Release: The Conclusion of Iraq Energy Forum 2017 [Report]


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The Conclusion of Iraq Energy Forum 2017
Iraq needs a large economic reform program in the energy sector
Iraq Energy Institute, Baghdad, 6
th April 2017
The Iraq Energy Forum 2017 concluded its April 2-4 proceedings at Al-Rasheed Hotel, which were held
under the motto, “Iraq: Towards an Effective Energy Sector and Economic Diversity”, and with highprofile
participation by the Iraqi Government and international delegations. Among the participants
were the ministries of Oil, Electricity, Industry, Water Resources, Higher Education & Scientific Research,
and relevant parliamentary committees, Governors, Council of Ministers Advisors and foreign
delegations, in addition to active participation of domestic and foreign energy companies and diplomatic
The Forum started with opening remarks by Iraqi Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi, Parliament
Speaker Dr. Salim Al-Jubouri, and the Forum’s Guest of Honor Dr. Mohammad Barkindo, OPEC’s
Secretary General.
Prime Minister Al-Abadi expressed his appreciation of the Forum and asked its participants to share with
his government their ideas for developing investment planning, citing the billions of dollars that were
squandered in the past because of poor planning. He affirmed his commitment to building a robust Iraq
economy and abandon the policy of single revenue source (oil).
OPEC Secretary General Dr. Barkindo praised the role of Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al-Lueibi and his work
through OPEC to restore Iraq’s well-earned leadership position in the organization, reminding all that
OPEC was founded in Baghdad 57 years ago.
Dr. Luay Al-Khateeb, Founding Director of the Iraq Energy Institute, said: “The Forum produced a
number of papers and plans for economic reform in the fields of Energy, Economy, and development
during the proceedings of its general panels and other workshops and it will draft a policy brief and final
report that will present all the expert recommendations to the Council of Ministers and Iraqi Parliament,
hoping they will be adopted to guide the national effort of economic reform.”
The Forum discussed the future of oil markets in light of decreasing prices and diversified energy
resources, both traditional and renewable, and the impact of U.S. policies on fluctuating oil prices, in
addition to the role of international oil corporations in Iraq and the ways to minimize risks and
increasing investment opportunities.
The panels have focused on the financial challenges facing the Iraqi Government and the need to review
the rules and legal frameworks in light of the ongoing economic reform process, and a new reading of
the commercial and banking policies and marketing strategies. There was also a review of the giant
projects in oil-based industries, refineries, electricity sector, and the production of natural gas. Other
topics in the forum included better budgetary planning, increasing and diversifying revenues sources in
the post-oil era, and better planning to meet the challenges of population growth, unemployment and
technological development, to generate a fresh look toward the future.