Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum Tarek El Molla speaks exclusively to MEES about the country’s ambitions to become a regional energy hub and how it plans to boost investment in its upstream sector.

Q: It has been a remarkable turnaround from starting LNG imports in 2015 to securing gas independence earlier this year. What have been the driving forces?

A: The petroleum sector faced several challenges in recent years stemming from the political and economic situation in Egypt...