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A delegation representing the 20th World Petroleum Congress (WPC) Organising Committee attended the 17th Society of Petroleum Engineers Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference 2011 (MEOS) in Bahrain held in the last week of September.

On the sidelines of MEOS, Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Al-Rashid, Head of the 20th WPC Media Team, said: "With nine weeks to go before the official opening of the 20th WPC, MEOS was an ideal opportunity to demonstrate Qatar's progress in the organization of the Congress. We are pleased to confirm that in addition to productive meetings with many exhibitor delegations, we received over 1,000 visitors at our stand who were also briefed on the progress of our preparations."

MEOS is a great opportunity for the State of Qatar to showcase the 20th World Petroleum Congress programme. Principal exhibitors included all six GCC national oil and gas companies - Saudi Aramco, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, BAPCO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Petroleum Development Oman and Qatar Petroleum - who were exhibiting alongside some of the world's top energy and service brands. The committee confirmed that over 3,300 delegates have already registered for the 20th WPC. The sponsorship program is now also closed.

The theme of the 20th WPC is "Energy Solutions for All - Promoting Cooperation, Innovation and Investment" and the Congress Programme Committee have designed a programme with best practice keynote presentations, technical sessions and expert round tables to cover the width and breadth of the issues that drive and impact the oil and gas industry.

Over five days in December, Qatar will welcome around 5000 delegates, including 500 speakers and panel constituents, more than 50 ministers of various member countries, around 500 chief executives representing energy companies and allied businesses, and hundreds of journalists from across the world.