Republic of China Wins Bid for International Gas Union Presidency

The People’s Republic of China Wins Bid for International Gas Union Presidency

October 26, 2017

Madam Li Yalan of The People’s Republic of China announced as IGU President from 2021-2024, with the City of Beijing set to host the 2024 World Gas Conference

Tokyo and Barcelona, 26 October 2017 – The Council of the International Gas Union (IGU) today selected the People’s Republic of China to hold the organisation’s 2021-24 Presidency.

As part of the winning bid, the City of Beijing will also host the World Gas Conference (WGC) in 2024 – the landmark event for the Natural Gas Industry held every three years in the country holding the Presidency of the IGU. The event boasts influential speakers from within and outside the gas industry, along with key policy makers who will present their views on the most important technical, commercial and strategic issues and opportunities facing the natural gas industry.

As part of the Presidency, the People’s Republic of China will take the lead in furthering the mission of IGU to advocate gas as an integral part of a sustainable global energy system and to promote the political, technical and economic progress of the gas industry.

“This is an extremely exciting time for the gas industry, and we strongly believe that the People’s Republic of China is perfectly placed to lead the IGU in the important role it plays in advocating the use of natural gas,” said David Carroll, the current IGU President. “Under their leadership, the industry can continue to build on the great work that has already been done bringing together companies, policymakers and other external stakeholders to fully promote and understand the essential – and sustainable – role gas plays as part of the future energy mix.”

Before Madam Li Yalan assumes the role of President, she will serve the IGU as Vice President when Mr. Joo-Myung Kang of Korea will assume the Presidency of the IGU following the World Gas Conference in Washington D.C., June 25-29, 2018.

The next installment of the WGC in Washington D.C. will mark the culmination of the USA Presidency, under the theme “Fuelling the Future.” For the first time in the 86-year history of IGU, the World Gas Conference will be held in a country that is both the world’s largest gas producing and consuming nation – the USA. Held in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., it is ideally positioned to bring together energy policy experts and industry leaders from around the world.

For more information on WGC 2018, including speakers, please see here:


For further information, please contact:

Menelaos (Mel) Ydreos
Director, External Affairs
International Gas Union (IGU)
Tel: +1-416-568-8382


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