Posted on February 16, 2017

Prominent government officials, industry professionals, policy makers and academics gathered at The Energy and Economic Diversification Policies Roundtable, organized by Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) and Rice University’s Baker Institute  in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Industry and Qatar University.

The roundtable, which commenced on February 15th and continues through February 16th at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, leverages expertise and knowledge to initiate actionable recommendations for regional energy, economic and environmental challenges.

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, delivered a keynote address on the role of energy for economic development in the GCC region to open the event. “As we look to the future, it is clear that the challenges we face are multidimensional and intertwined,” H.E. Al-Sada said. “The Energy and Economic Diversification Policies Roundtable is a valuable opportunity – by bringing together such a diverse group to discuss these topics, we can make real progress as we prepare to meet these challenges.”

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At the Roundtable, the attendees, who come from diverse government and private sector organizations, contribute to the development of joint QLC - Rice University’s Baker Institute working papers on a variety of subjects critical to the economic growth and sustainability of Qatar and the region. Among these topics are economic diversification, the energy-food-water nexus, climate change and energy subsidy reform. “QLC advances solutions to contemporary challenges faced by Qatar and the region through collaboration and important events like the roundtable. The Centre believes in the power of engagement with influential thinkers to foster debate and positive change,” noted H.E. Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of QLC.

“Some of the world’s foremost energy experts and decision makers have gathered in Doha to make this roundtable a success,” said Edward P. Djerejian, Director of Rice University’s Baker Institute. “We are proud to partner with an innovative centre like QLC, which is dedicated to harnessing Qatar’s human capital while contributing to the sustainable growth of the region.” On the first day of the Roundtable, conversation focused on how effective policies can guide the transition to a knowledge-based society. Attendees examined case studies of energy subsidy reform in one session, and discussed regional economic diversification efforts in another.

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During the Roundtable’s second day, the academics, industry professionals and government leaders will address macro subjects in sessions on climate change and the energy-food-water nexus. In the former session, the long-term demand for fossil fuels will be explored. The complex and delicate link between three of the world’s most important resources will be surveyed in the latter session. An impressive roster of speakers and roundtable facilitators is participating in the event. This includes high-profile leaders such as H.E. Abdulla Bin Hamad Al Attiyah, former Minister of Energy and Industry and Deputy Prime Minister, who is speaking during closing remarks on February 16th