ScotTrade Information Agency 05.09.08
The third Eurasian Energy Forum KAZENERGY, on the topic "Global challenges, energy solutions", has opened in Astana, which is being attended by Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov, the [Kazakhstan Today] news agency's correspondent reports.
[Passage omitted: officials expected to make a welcoming speech at the forum]
The forum was thematically divided into two plenary sessions. The first session will be held today and dedicated to global energy challenges and Kazakhstan's strategy for development of oil and gas, as well as the energy sphere.
One of the main topics of the second session, which is due to be held tomorrow, will be the 19th International Oil Congress held in Madrid this July.
[Passage omitted: background on the forum]
Source: Kazakhstan Today news agency website, Almaty, in Russian 0416 gmt 4 Sep 08
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