World Gas Conference 2012
The gas industry has experienced encouraging growth in the last few decades. While the realities of the world economy today continue to pose a challenge to the profitability and growth of our industry, gas companies have exhibited resilience and ingenuity in dealing with this tough market environment. In this environment, gas players have an opportunity to re-asses their strategic directions and competencies and prepare for the coming economic upturn.
Furthermore, with the increasing awareness of the need to limit carbon emissions to the atmosphere to halt climate change, gas is increasingly seen as cleaner source of energy, which would ease the world's evolution towards a low carbon economy. Thus, the gas industry is poised to take on an even more important role in the world's energy future, in tandem with the growth of interest in renewable and alternative energy resources. As an important regional gas player, Malaysia expects to leverage on its track record as a reliable liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter and operator of an extensive gas pipeline network, as well as its central location within the Asia Pacific region. Having developed significant gas infrastructure, resources and human capital, gas industry players in Malaysia are expected to continue to contribute to the growth of the global gas industry.
It is indeed an honour for us to welcome the delegates to the 25th World Gas Conference to Kuala Lumpur in 2012 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of this important industry gathering. With its theme 'Gas : Sustaining Future Global Growth', it is my hope that the culmination of our three years of effort under the Malaysian Presidency will contribute towards charting new strategies, gather critical input and with our concerted efforts, harness the future role of gas in the global arena.
As the incoming NOC chairman, I look forward to personally welcoming you to our conference, which I hope will be the starting point of a mutually beneficial partnership and a shared vision towards building a sustainable future for the gas industry. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to my predecessor Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin for having laid the groundwork for WGC2012. With the passing of the baton to me, I hope to continue to build upon this foundation and ensure that the upcoming conference will be a beneficial platform for industry players in mapping our industry's future global growth.
I am confident that Kuala Lumpur's blend of cutting-edge modernity and multi-ethnic cultural diversity, set against the backdrop of the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers and lush equatorial vegetation will definitely present our WGC2012 delegates with a delightful and memorable experience.
Looking forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur.
Datuk Anuar Ahmad
Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin
Past Chairman WGC 2012 / National Organising Committee
Executive Vice President, Downstream Business, PETRONAS
Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin held the position as the Chairman of WGC 2012/ Chairman of NOC from 18 November 2008 until 23 September 2010 along with his previous portfolio as the Vice President of PETRONAS Gas Business (now Gas & Power Business). During his attachment with WGC 2012, he witnessed the Handover Ceremony in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 9 October 2009 and WGC2012 Official Launch in Kuala Lumpur on 5 November 2009. In line with PETRONAS' recent corporate transformation, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin has embarked on a new portfolio as the Executive Vice President of PETRONAS Downstream Business.