Second big bid win for new Russian CVB as WEC 2022 signs up for St Petersburg

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Second big bid win for new Russian CVB as WEC 2022 signs up for St Petersburg

The World Energy Council (WEC) has announced that Russia will host the World Energy Congress in 2022.

The announcement follows a vote to select the winning bid from proposals submitted by Portugal, the USA, and Russia.

The 25th World Energy Congress will take place in St Petersburg, 11-15 June.

The World Energy Congress traces its history back to 1924 and is the largest global event bringing together world energy leaders to discuss energy resource issues and study important sector trends.

The event usually attracts 4,000 delegates from all sectors of the energy system and the 24th World Energy Congress will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 2019. It will be the first time the Congress will be held in the Gulf States.

The bid to host the 2022 World Energy Congress was prepared by the Russian member committee of the WEC, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, with additional support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, as well as from the Roscongress Foundation, the Russian Convention Bureau, St Petersburg Convention Bureau, and Expoforum International (the official main venue).

Dr Christoph Frei, secretary general of the World Energy Council, congratulated Russia on winning the bid: “The Portuguese, Russian and USA bid teams presented strong cases to host the event and it is clear that each of the cities would be an exciting and accomplished destination to host a World Energy Congress.”

Alexander Novak, chairman of the WEC’s Russian member committee and Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, said: “On behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation, allow me to thank everyone for making their choice in favour of Russia. As one of the oldest members and co-founders of the World Energy Council, we have always believed in the importance and power of non-political dialogue in such an important sector as energy. We will be waiting for you in St Petersburg in 2022.”

The 1968 Congress was held in Moscow.

Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov noted: “Large congresses serve as strategic platforms for establishing a global dialogue, especially in a sector as important to humankind as energy. Russia, as a global leader in the international energy agenda, is open to dialogue and ready to put all of their energy into making the 25th World Energy Congress in 2022 a platform where the sector’s global leaders will have access to the most recent information and newest ideas.”

Director of the Russian Convention Bureau Alexey Kalachev added: “This bid is the second international event won with the help of the Russian Convention Bureau in the just the first half year of the bureau’s existence. It is important to us that foreign experts recognise Russia’s event potential.”

The WEC win follows Russia’s successful bid for the International Planning History Society Conference in 2020.

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