Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, is attending the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (Adipec), according to a press release by the ministry.

Billed as the premier speaking platform for the Middle East and North Africa, the Adipec conference program invited government decision makers such as El Molla, to the stage today Monday in a ministerial panel session that focused on driving innovation through investments in research and development, and stakeholder collaboration.

Speakers include, besides the Egyptian minister, Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui, the UAE Minister of Energy; Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas for Oman; and Etienne D. Ngoubou, Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons for the Gabonese Republic.

Held this year under the theme ‘Innovation and Sustainability in a New Energy World’, Adipec 2015 marks its 18th edition by breaking its previous records with the largest event to date, bringing together 2,000 exhibiting companies, including the world’s leading national and international firms, 600 speakers, 7,000 delegates and 85,000 attendees from more than 120 countries, Khaleej Times reported.