• Under the Patronage of
    The President of the Council of Ministers
    H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri




    MARCH 7, 2017 / 8:15 AM - 6:00 PM
    ESA Business School, Beirut

  • About Oil & Gas Forum

    The recent Oil and Gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean have the potential of transforming the economies of Lebanon and the other concerned neighboring countries.

    On 4th January 2017, the Lebanese Government approved the two long-awaited decrees that define the country’s maritime blocks, and specify conditions for Exploration & Production (E&P) tenders and contracts.

    Further in January, H.E. César Abi Khalil, Minister of Energy and Water, announced that five of the ten maritime blocks (No. 1, 4, 8, 9, 10) will be tendered in the first E&P licensing round, and that the Ministry will open a prequalification round second to the one that was held in 2013.


    Overall, the process goes according to the following timetable through 2017:


    • Second prequalification round: February 2 – March 31
    • Announcement of the newly prequalified companies: April 13
    • Bid submission date from prequalified companies: September 15
    • Publication of list of applicants for each block: September 22
    • LPA’s assessment report about the bids: October 16
    • Council of Ministers may convene to approve the offers: as of November 15

    The Lebanese Government also filed a request to join the international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) which promotes public awareness about how countries manage their oil, gas, and mineral resources


    Since 2014, our firm “Front Page Communication” has been organizing forums on Oil and Gas purposed around enlightening the Lebanese public and academic youth on this most vital national issue, and around managing their expectations as well.


    The Oil & Gas Lebanon’s National Wealth® forum at ESA Business School on 7th March 2017 is the fourth in the series. As with the preceding three, it features Lebanese officials, economists, key international speakers, energy and business experts, and concerned NGO personalities delivering substantive interventions to an audience comprised of key multi-sectoral players, specialized press and blog editors, and representatives of the country’s civil society, in addition to university students.


    With “Roadmap” as its umbrella topic, the March 2017 forum is deemed very timely both by virtue of the passing of the two Oil & Gas decrees in January and its pertinent title.


    It is most beneficial to:


    - Members of the Board, Managing Directors, Presidents and Vice Presidents, Directors, Heads, and Advisors of concerns that deal with:

    • New Ventures
    • Investment Opportunities
    • Business Development
    • Exploration
    • Assets and Projects

    - Oil & Gas Experts
    - Oil & Gas Law Practices
    - Consultants
    - National Oil Companies
    - Governmental Agencies and Bodies
    - Civil Society Representatives
    - Universities


    Oil & Gas Forum - March 7, 2017 - ESA Business School, Beirut


    Under the Patronage of
    The President of the Council of Ministers
    H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri

  • H.E. Mr. Michel Pharaon


    State Minister of Planning,
    Lebanese Republic

    H.E. Mr. César Abi Khalil


    Minister of Energy and Water,
    Lebanese Republic

    H.E. Mr. Yassine Jaber


    Former Minister of Economy and Trade,
    Member of the Lebanese Parliament

    Mr. Stéphane Michel


    Middle East - North Africa,

    Mr. Mustapha Assad


    Front Page Communication

    Mrs. Joelle Assouad


    Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets, Global Investment Banking,
    Crédit Agricole CIB

    Dr. Alain Bifani


    Permanent Secretary & Director General,
    Lebanese Ministry of Finance

    Dr. Jean Burrus


    Chairman and CEO,

    Mr. Wissam Chbat


    Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA)

    Mr. Matt Drinkwater


    Senior Editor Natural Gas, Power and LNG,
    Argus Media

    Dr. Nasser Hoteit

    Board Member,
    Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA)

    Mrs. Diana Kaissy


    Regional coordinator for MENA and Asia-Pacific,
    Publish What You Pay

    Prof. Dr. Gürkan Kumbaroğlu


    Turkish Association for Energy Economics

    Mr. Camille Menassa


    Front Page Communication

    Ms. Alia Moubayed


    Geoconomics & Strategy,

    Program Director
    International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London

    Dr. Stephan Ressl


    Board Member and
    Co-Head of Energy Department,
    European Academy of the Regions

    Mr. Malek Takieddine


    Al Jad LLP (CMS Group)

    Dr. Pierre Terzian


    President & CEO,


    Overview of the Global Gas Market

    Oil & Gas Exploration, Production, and Market

    Oil, Gas, and Perspectives

    Toward a Comprehensive National Energy Policy

    Impact of the Passing of the Two Oil & Gas Decrees, and the Ministry of Energy & Water’s Roadmap

    Investment, Opportunities, and Economic Model for Oil & Gas

    Debate and Recommendations






    ESA Business School, 289 Clemenceau street, Beirut


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