First Pan-Arab Energy Trade Conference
The Arab Fund, in cooperation with the League of Arab States
and the World Bank, prepared, organized and covered the expenses of the
First Pan-Arab Energy Trade Conference, which was held in Cairo, Egypt, during the period 6 – 7
November 2019. The conference themes included the opportunities and challenges for
activating energy trade in the Pan-Arab region, the views of countries and development
institutions on the Pan-Arab electricity market, the opportunities for regional
partnership in gas trade, the international experiences in developing cross-border
electricity markets, the key principles of regional electricity trade institutions
and their regulations, and the investments in regional infrastructure to achieve
electricity trade benefits.
During the conference, the Arab Fund made a presentation on the
role of financing institutions in supporting electricity trade, in addition to a
presentation on the impact of scaling up renewables on energy trade.
of Arab States presented a summary on the current state of preparation and development
of the pan-Arab energy market agreements.
The World Bank presented an initiative
for an Arab platform for energy trade, in addition to a paper on updating regional
investments and tools to facilitate trade in the pan-Arab energy market. Several
regional and international institutions involved in governance and regulatory rules
for trade energy participated in the conference, as well as experts in electricity
trade from Europe, Africa, and North and Central America.