ASTANA – Kazenergy’s International Youth Forum “Energise your Future”, organized by the Education Programme and the Youth Committee of Kazenergy, part of the annual Eurasian Forum Kazenergy, took place on Oct. 8.
The main topics of the forum were the development of large oil and gas projects and staffing issues, young specialists’ careers from the perspective of employees, career management for young specialists, etc.
Director General of Kazenergy Association Asset Magauov, Senior Vice President of the World Oil Council Dr. Joseph Toth, Chair of the EXPO Astana 2017 Board Future Energy Talgat Yermegiyayev welcomed more than 200 young Kazakhstan leaders and representatives of the energy sector, business community and government.
Minister of Oil and Gas Uzakbay Karabalin welcomed participants and guests of the sixth international youth forum and noted that for several decades, the oil and gas industry has been one of the main driving forces of global economic development. He noted that Kazakhstan is no exception to this phenomenon and hydrocarbons have laid the ground for the development of the national economy and in many ways, secured the economic independence of the country.
“The youth forum has been popular with those in the oil and gas sector. Boldness in thought, creative energy and innovative ideas make up the already established tradition of the forum. Your meeting brings together young, active intellectuals and opens up new horizons for talented constructively minded youth. I am confident that the forum will become a regular and effective discussion platform for all of those who care about the future of our industry,” Karabalin said.
The youth forum also included intellectual games, debates, workshops and master classes. The goals of the forum were to enhance the discussion of problems surrounding personnel training for large oil and gas projects, discussion of the problems that attract the attention of young professionals relevant to the Youth Committee, the exchange of experience and skills with colleagues from the energy sector, the adoption of the best practices from each other, the establishment of inter-cultural dialogue and many others.
Participants also talked about the upcoming fourth youth forum of the World Oil Council to be held on Oct. 22-25 in Calgary, Canada. The forum will cover changes and issues in the global oil and gas industry and the role of youth in stimulating the energy progress. The main three topics of the discussion will be technical innovations, business leadership and sustainable development. At the forum, the representatives of the participating states will determine the next venue for the twelfth world oil congress in 2017 through direct voting. Astana is a contender.
It was for the first time in the youth forum’s history that Minister of Oil and Gas Karabalin held a master class.
At the end of the forum, the participants named the best projects for the development of new technologies, innovations and increasing energy efficiency, as well as the best practices in environmental safety and labour protection.