On 25-26 May Gazprom International delegation participated in the 20th Annual General Meeting of the International Business Congress moderated by Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and President of the International Business Congress (IBC) held in Vienna.
The Meeting participants took stock of the IBC performance in 2016. Among other things, they approved the annual report for 2016 financial year and commended the IBC Presiding Committee and the IBC Board of Executive Directors for their work over that period.
As part of Gazprom International delegation, Bernard van Polanen, Managing Director of the Company; Vladimir Ilyanin, Deputy Branch Director for Business Development; Evgeny Kramarenko, Head of Division for Planning and Monitoring of NGV Fuel Projects; Sergey Kazakevich, Head of Finance and Economics Division; Grigory Krotkov, Managing Director of Gazprom International Training attended the IBC.
Speaking at the conference, “Natural Gas as Destination Fuel for the Future” Alexey Miller noted, “that today’s meeting has brought together not only representatives of the energy business, but also investment companies, banks, and technology corporations. These are the forces that drive the global economy now”. Alexey Miller emphasized that all of them have got the common aim - to solve challenges, being outside the limits of the business strategy.
In the framework of the Congress, working committees were established for different business activities. The meeting of the Energy committee, the largest and most actively working among IBC committees, was held on 26 May, monitored by Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee. In the framework of the Committee’s meeting, the representatives of the largest European companies made their statements, among others Tilo Viland, Wintershall Board Member, took the floor. They presented their vision of the current status of European gas market and perspectives of its development.
The Committee comprises 40 companies, institutes and organizations out of 20 countries, focused on the most important and vital issues of energy sector in different European countries. The key topics for discussions were the liberalization of gas and electrical power markets in Europe, progress of gas deliveries to Europe, gas transportation infrastructure development, entering new natural gas markets, as well as prospects for large hydrocarbon deposits development in the Russian Federation and the Central Asian countries.
On 26 May Grigoriy Krotkov, Managing Director of GI Training, delivered a report at the meeting of the working committee Human resources, Education and Science.
In his speech, G. Krotkov highlighted the current trends and innovative ideas of virtual and mobile training, being developed by GI Training specialists nowadays. For example, the virtual reality training programme makes it possible to take a course of HSE studying or any other one with minimal time and money spent.
Since this year GI Training has been issuing the International HR-Bulletin of the working committee, that includes articles and materials, devoted to the latest global trends in the HR sphere: personnel training, improvement of staff qualification and the newest state-of–art software development, contemporary personnel training tendencies in the leading international companies and creation of the future workspace.
The working committee Human Resources, Education and Science was established in accordance with the resolution of the 16th scheduled meeting of the EBC Presiding Committee held on 14 June 2007 in Berlin in the framework of the 10th anniversary General meeting of the European Business Congress. The main Committee’s function is the support for education of the new managers’ generation, able to stand up to the pressure of the complicated up-to-date energy sector.
The International Business Congress (IBC) is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization. The IBC consists of 129 members, including Gazprom, Deutsche Bank, ExxonMobil, ENGIE, Gasunie, J.P. Morgan Bank International, KPMG, Mitsubishi, Mizuho Bank, Siemens, Shell, Statoil, Schneider Electric, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Total, Uniper, Wintershall, Sakhalin Energy, Srbijagas, and others. The IBC membership comprises 28 countries.
The IBC's supreme body is the General Meeting. The 50-member Presiding Committee exercises general management. The nine-member Board of Executive Directors is responsible for operational issues.
The Congress deals with the practical aspects of economic cooperation and brings forward proposals for debottlenecking and building a favorable environment for safe and efficient entrepreneurial activities. The IBC operates through eight Working Committees: Energy; Industry, Innovations and Prospective Development; Law, Banking and Finance; Information and Communications; Ecology and Healthcare; Modern Technologies and Prospective Oil and Gas Industry Projects; Human Resources, Education and Science; and Business Security.