Dear Forum Participants,
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I welcome everyone who is ready, within the Forum, to contribute to developing approaches to resolution of numerous problems indicated in the contemporary power industry.
A natural disaster in Japan followed by a severe anthropogenic accident and disturbances in several countries of North Africa and the Middle East have revealed the problem of vulnerability of the world power industry to social upheavals, natural and anthropogenic disasters, as well as to resulting sharp changes of the financial and economic conditions. The international agenda faces increasingly urgent necessity to promptly establish a fundamentally different integrated system of international interaction to provide global environmental, climatic and energy security.
I hope that broad public-expert discussion of this matter within the Moscow International Energy Forum «Russian Fuel and Energy Complex in the XXI Century» can make a valuable contribution to overcoming the existing difficulties and assess the development trends in the world power industry. I am sure that the Forum participants will take interest in the theme of Russia’s place in the international community and the role of the Russian fuel and energy complex in creation of the global power industry of tomorrow.
The Forum’s public format will encourage atmosphere of creative and constructive dialog between representatives of the state, the business, the science and the public; it should allow discovering many interesting ideas and elaborating substantial proposals to be included in the Forum resulting documents.
I wish productive work and further successes for all the Forum participants!
Co-Chairman of the MIEF Organizing Committee
Chairman of the Commission on Natural Monopolies of the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly
Translated from Russian into English by Literra translation bureau