Workshop — Paris, France

Energy data workshop – MENA region

Workshop objectives

Recognising the importance of accurate energy statistics for evidence-informed policymaking, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is organising a one-day training workshop on energy data in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), targeting national statisticians and energy analysts across the MENA region.

All three organizations aim to strengthen partnerships with stakeholders in energy policymaking. The IEA collects, assesses, and disseminates energy statistics on supply and demand, compiled into energy balances in addition to a number of other key energy-related indicators, including GHG emissions estimates, energy prices, end-use data and energy efficiency indicators, with other measures in development. The UNESCWA provides support and capacity-building for national systems in official statistics and ensures coordination between various actors involved in statistical activities in the region. RCREEE partners with various stakeholders including governments and international organizations to lead the renewable energy development efforts in the MENA region.

The workshop is built on the key topics identified with stakeholders in the region and targets national officials with experience around data or being users of data at technical level: from daily practice of data collection and validation, to managing projects with strong components of data collection or use. It will facilitate information exchanges and discussions among national statistics offices of the MENA region and international energy organisations, with the objective to increase awareness on the importance of energy statistics, through knowledge sharing, lectures, exercises, and discussions.

Scope of workshop

Composed of eight short presentations, the workshop addresses two goals. The first goal is to spread an understanding and know-how on common basic principles of energy statistics at country and regional level. The second goal is to help national statisticians in providing initial tips to upgrade their practice by benefitting from other countries’ or international experience on energy statistics, estimation methods, and new data sources.

The workshop complements the topics addressed in the IEA Energy Statistics Training held on 9-11 October 2023.

For further information on energy statistics, refer to the IEA Energy Statistics Manual, also available in Arabic below.

For additional information on energy statistics, International Recommendations for Energy Statistics (IRES) publication is available in six languages including English, French, and Arabic on the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) webpage

Participating institutions

Over 50 participants across the following organizations have been invited to the MENA region Energy Data Workshop. These institutions have been carefully selected for their significant contributions and expertise in the energy sector:


  • Hydrocarbon Regulatory Authority (ARH)
  • Sonelgaz
  • Electricity and Gas Regulatory Commission (CREG)
  • Ministry of Energy and Mines


  • DG ENER, European Commission


  • National Institute of Statistics and Economic and Demographic Studies (INSEED)


  • Arab Renewable Energy Academy


  • German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)


  • Central Statistical Organization


  • Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources


  • Central Statistical Bureau
  • Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research


  • Lebanese Association for Energy Saving and for Environment (ALMEE)


  • Libya's Prime Minister's office


  • Energy Resources of Ukraine (ERU Group)


  • Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development


  • Majan Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (MCREEE)
  • Ministry of Energy and Minerals
  • Oman Sustainability Center

Palestinian Authority:

  • Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics

Saudi Arabia:

  • King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC)


  • Somali National Bureau of Statistics (SNBS)


  • National Institute of Statistics
  • Ministry of Industry, Mines, and Energy

United Arab Emirates:

  • Ras Al Khaimah Center for Statistics & Studies
  • Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure
  • Statistics Center - Abu Dhabi
  • Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre

International organizations:

  • Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)
  • United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)