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The Minister for Energy of the Republic of South Africa, Dipuo Peters, today became the 100th high-profile speaker to confirm their attendance at the World Energy Congress to be held later this year in Korea.

Energy ministers and senior government officials from over 14 countries have now confirmed that they will speak at the world's premier energy event, which will be held in Daegu, South Korea in October. The number of confirmed speakers has already reached the halfway mark of a planned total of 200. Other participants include the chief executives of Saudi Aramco, Shell and other major energy companies as well as senior representatives from international organizations, including the United Nations and the OECD.

Government ministers to appear at the World Energy Congress include:

Ali Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia

Mahmoud Saad Balbaa, Minister of Electricity and Energy, Egypt

Basile Atangana Kouna, Minister of Water Resources and Energy, Cameroon

Peter Chin Fah Kui, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia

U Than Htay, Union Minister for Energy, Myanmar

Martin Kuba, Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

Jose Manuel Soria Lopez, Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, Spain

Trevor Manuel, Minister of National Planning Commission, South Africa

Sospeter Muhongo, Minister of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania

Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy, Russian Federation

Federico Renjifo Velez, Minister of Mines and Energy, Colombia

Jose Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, Minister of Petroleum, Angola

Taner Yildiz, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Turkey

The Congress is the world's most prestigious energy gathering and will be the biggest international event in Korea this year.

The announcement of Ms. Peter's participation at the Congress was made during the Africa Energy Indaba conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, the World Energy Council's annual meeting in Africa.

At the Indaba, experts from the WEC's African network and beyond explored some of the major African energy issues as outlined in the WEC's recently published 2013 World Energy Issues Monitor. These include energy poverty, the energy-water nexus, large-scale hydropower, regional interconnection, and trade barriers.

Speakers from the world of energy finance and development will also contribute to this crucial debate at the Congress in Korea, highlighting the investment opportunities in African energy projects and the role of international players in Africa's growth. As already announced, this year's Congress will see the largest development bank representation at any global energy event.

Cho Hwan-eik, Chair of the Organising Committee of the 2013 World Energy Congress, stated "As preparations for the next Congress gather pace, we are pleased to see influential government ministers from across the globe join our speaker line-up. Our mission remains to include all stakeholder groups concerned with the future of the energy sector, from producers, explorers and developers, to regulators, distributors and end-users. The breadth of leaders and experts in the energy field will not only shape the debate but will also help us work towards truly sustainable solutions to the urgent energy-related issues confronting the world."

Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, commented: "I am delighted that Minister Peters has agreed to speak at the World Energy Congress in Korea. The issues that she highlighted here in South Africa set out some of this region's most pressing energy challenges, in particular the need for energy innovation in the fastest urbanising continent in the world. The valuable insights that Ms Peters will bring to the wider global debate later this year will be important"

"I am especially delighted that Ms Peters will become the 100th confirmed speaker at our 22nd World Energy Congress. We have an amazing line-up of ministers and industry leaders who will ensure that the discussions and insights provided in Korea will have real relevance as we seek to manage the global energy transformation."

The 22nd World Energy Congress will take place in Daegu, South Korea, from 13 to 17 October 2013, under the theme of "Securing Tomorrow's Energy Today".

The World Energy Council (WEC) is the principal impartial network of leaders and practitioners promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. Formed in 1923, WEC is the UN-accredited global energy body, representing the entire energy spectrum, with more than 3000 member organisations located in over 90 countries and drawn from governments, private and state corporations, academia, NGOs and energy related stakeholders. WEC informs global, regional and national energy strategies by hosting high-level events, publishing authoritative studies, and working through its extensive member network to facilitate the world's energy policy dialogue.

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