US-Iraq Inaugural meeting on Energy to take place on April 23
On Monday, April 23rd, the United States and the Government of Iraq will hold the inaugural meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) on Energy at the Department of Energy. Following the meeting, a press availability
to discuss outcomes and accomplishments of this critical sector JCC will be hosted at the Department of State where the principal participants will provide brief statements and take questions.
The Joint Coordinating Committee on Energy will be co-chaired by Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Dr. Hussein Al Shahristani; U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman; and Department of State’ s Special Envoy and Coordinator
for International Energy Affairs Ambassador Carlos Pascual.
The JCC on Energy is one of the eight areas of cooperation outlined in the Strategic Framework Agreement, which now guides the relationship between the United States and Iraq in a new era of cooperation and coordination. This JCC
will focus on enhancing collaboration on a variety of topics including strengthening Iraq’s oil and natural gas production and export, building on Iraq’s efforts to stabilize its electrical sector, and managing the protection of the critical components of
its energy infrastructure.