Istanbul to host energy forum.
The future of energy in the Black Sea and Caspian regions will be opened for discussion in Istanbul this September.
The Atlantic Council, based in the United States, is set to organize the Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum in Istanbul between Sept. 29 and Oct. 1. The forum will gather many international participants.
The main theme of the forum, which was first held in Romania in 2009, will be transformed this year. This year"s focus concerns the global, political and economic environment of the Black Sea-Caspian region and future changes in the region"s energy management and economic risks.
The two-day forum will be a platform to discuss issues in the Black Sea and Caspian regions and to find possible solutions. Accordingly, the topics on the agenda include the strategic vision of the region, the impacts of the crisis on the region's energy sector, the transformation in energy and economics in Eurasia, nuclear energy options, management risks in investment, transparency and legislation issues as well as forming new investment models in the energy industry. Other issues that will be discussed include policies to encourage energy efficiency, climate change, natural gas export to Western Europe through the south corridor, Turkey's role as an east-west energy transit route as well as tax policies.
The Atlantic Council is among the leading think tanks in the U.S. Besides the studies concerning the Caspian and Black Sea regions, the council also implements several education programs. Within this framework, it offers an exchange program in cooperation with the Istanbul Policy Center, located at Sabanc? University.
Chuck Hagel serves as the chairperson for the Atlantic Council and Frederick Kempe as the chief executive officer. Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state, is an honorary council member. Sabanc? Holding Chairwoman Güler Sabanc? is among the members of the council"s international advisory board.