OPEC to hold Anniversary quiz for Member Countries

No 3/2010
Vienna, Austria
17 Jun 2010

Young national representatives from Member Countries will be tested on their knowledge of OPEC and the international oil industry at a quiz competition to be held at the Organization’s new Headquarters at the end of June.

The event, to be hosted on 30 June 2010 by OPEC Secretary General, Abdalla Salem El-Badri, forms part of the Organization’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and will be broadcast live on the OPEC website. It will see students between the ages of 15 and 18 competing against one another for three top prizes.

The contestants, one each from Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela will travel to the Austrian capital after successfully competing in and winning their Country’s qualifying competitions.

At the grand final, competitors will be tested over three rounds. The first will be on OPEC, while the second will carry questions on Member Countries. The top four from these rounds will then compete in the final round, which will be on the international oil industry in general.

The quiz is just one of many activities being held this year to mark the year-long OPEC’s Golden Jubilee celebration. The Organization was founded in Baghdad, Iraq, in September 1960, by an initial five Founding Members. Today, it comprises 12 Member States.

So far in 2010, OPEC has issued a commemorative set of Anniversary postage stamps and launched its new-look website, incorporating many new features, including a special micro-site, which will carry information specific to the OPEC@50 milestone.

The website also carries the official Anniversary logo of the Organization, which is appearing on all the Organization’s publications and correspondence this year.

Other activities planned throughout the year include soccer matches and exhibitions both in Vienna and in Member Countries. 

In addition, a range of special publications will include a book on OPEC’s history, a children’s book giving an illustrative history of oil, as well as a special edition of the monthly OPEC Bulletin magazine.

The OPEC Secretariat is also collaborating with the Austrian Post Office on the production of another special 50th Anniversary stamp, planned for release in September.