Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum Becomes Honorary Chairman of World Gas Conference 2022


London, Daegu – Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum has accepted the invitation to be the Honorary Chairman of the World Gas Conference 2022 (WGC2022), the world’s largest international gas industry conference and exhibition taking place on 23-27 May 2022 in Daegu, Korea.

“The WGC2022 will discuss important issues facing the global gas industry, including the transition to eco-friendly energy and the trend within the sector. The Korean government will work closely with the host association Korea Gas Union and the host partner Korea Gas Corporation to ensure the success of this event,” said Prime Minister Kim.

The National Organizing Committee (NOC) invited Prime Minister Kim to be the Honorary Chairman to highlight the importance of the global gas industry in the current environment of sustainable economic growth and development, and he happily accepted this offer last week.

Conducted by the International Gas Union (IGU) since 1931 and held every three years, with preceding WGC events held in Paris (2015) and Washington D.C. (2018), the WGC2022 will take the stage at EXCO Daegu for five days in May 2022. Initially scheduled for June 2021, this major conference and exhibition was rescheduled due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation with consent from the International Gas Union.

“The World Gas Conference is one of the most significant global energy events and often referred to as the Olympic Games of the gas industry,” added Prime Minister Kim. The event will attract an estimated 12,000 participants including energy ministers, international organization representatives, and CEOs of global energy corporations from over 90 countries.

Under the theme “A Sustainable Future – Powered by Gas”, not only the topic of natural gas as a key driver of the current global economy will be dealt but also hydrogen and renewable energy will be discussed in-depth.

The Prime Minister’s acceptance to be the Honorary Chairman reflects the Korean government’s strong determination and support for a successful WGC2022.

WGC2022 is the first World Gas Conference held in Korea and the third time in Asia, following Japan (2003) and Malaysia (2012). This event will also be the first large-scale face-to-face global gas event in 2022 following the COVID-19 pandemic at which the demand for a new energy paradigm on climate change and sustainable development will be met and discussed. WGC2022 is an opportune time for the industry to network, learn, discuss, and do business deals.