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Executive Director of the International Energy Agency welcomed to Canberra

9 February 2016

Today I welcome the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Dr Fatih Birol, to Canberra.

The IEA examines the full range of energy issues and advocates policies that promote open and transparent energy markets and that enhance the reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy. The organisation has 29 member countries.

Having joined the IEA in 1979, Australia continues to play a key role within the organisation, particularly as a major energy supplier as we move to become the world’s largest exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas by 2020.

A key focus of our meeting will be Australia’s ongoing role in the IEA’s modernisation plans, which includes greater engagement with emerging economies, energy security, clean energy, and energy efficiency. Australia has much to offer this discussion with world-leading expertise in renewable and clean energy technologies and effective energy market regulation.

I will also host a dinner with Dr Birol and more than 20 key Australian resources and energy industry leaders from across the entire energy supply chain.

Having established a productive relationship with Dr Birol after meeting on several occasions, including the G20 Energy Ministers meeting in Istanbul and the IEA Ministerial Meeting in Paris in 2015, I was pleased that he accepted my invitation to visit Australia and to welcome him so early in 2016. Dr Birol is a highly regarded leader in energy policy and I look forward to working with him to help further strengthen global energy markets and Australia’s role in them.

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