Caspian Policy Center (CPC) hosted Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey H.E. Alparslan Bayraktar
Today, the Caspian Policy Center (CPC) hosted Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey H.E. Alparslan Bayraktar for a closed roundtable discussion with Washington experts.
CPC Executive Director Efgan Nifti welcomed the attendees and thanked Deputy Minister Bayraktar for his visit, and Ambassador (Ret.) Robert F. Cekuta moderated the discussion.
Discussions focused on Turkey’s evolving energy picture, including its links with the Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as Turkey’s important role in the overall European energy security sector. The reforms of Turkey’s energy markets, the rising demand for electricity and gas, steps to address the country’s heavy demand for imported energy — including boosting the role of wind, solar, geothermal and other renewables, and work to develop oil and gas production in the country were among the topics covered. The status and impact of major regional pipeline projects, including TANAP (the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline) and other aspects of the Southern Gas Corridor project as well as TurkStream were also discussed. Looking towards the future of Turkey’s energy sector, participants also talked about the need to protect critical energy infrastructure, as well as the growing intersection between energy production/use and information technology. The Deputy Minister noted that the focus of his trip is on strengthening the cooperation between Turkey and the United States in these areas.
H.E. Alparslan Bayraktar currently serves as Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR). Prior to assuming this post, he was the Deputy Undersecretary of MENR following his service as the General Director of International Affairs and European Union. Between 2010-2016, Mr. Bayraktar served as a Commissioner of Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey. Before his public service, he worked for the private sector in Turkey and abroad. Mr. Bayraktar has also held positions in a number of international organizations on issues related to energy governance such as International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER), Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA), and World Energy Council Turkey.