Anniversaries provide a chance for reflection

OPEC Bulletin Commentary September 2005

Message of Goodwill by Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Acting for the Secretary General on the occasion of OPEC's 40th Anniversary in Vienna, Austria.

Reflection is always important, no matter our walk in life. It enables us to see things from different perspectives, in terms of our environment and with respect to time. We can appreciate the good and make a conscious effort to express our gratitude to those who have contributed to this satisfactory state of affairs. We can ponder over shortcomings and be inspired to look at these in a fresh, new way for the future. And we can be distracted, even momentarily, from our day-to-day tasks, which, in itself, can be beneficial to all of us.

We are very fortunate to have our Secretariat located in a city which is rich in culture and history and which repeatedly ranks among the top contenders in international surveys about quality of life. We are equally fortunate to have such excellent hosts, in the City of Vienna, who have been fully supportive to our Organization, as it has grown in size, expertise and influence on the world stage over the past 40 years.

This special issue of the OPEC Bulletin is dedicated to celebrating the very special relationship that has existed between OPEC and the City of Vienna — and, through them, the Federal Republic of Austria, with whom our Organization signed the headquarters agreement on September 1, 1965.

Inside, readers will find a wealth of information about OPEC’s background, its history, its objectives and its activities. Underlying all of this is a clear expression of OPEC’s steadfast commitment to order and stability in the international oil market, to the benefit of producers and consumers alike, past, present and future.

Furthermore, to mark the occasion, the City of Vienna, with support from OPEC and its Member Countries, is organising a special exhibition at Vienna City Hall (the ‘Rathaus’) from September 20 to October 14. It is entitled OPEC: 40 years in Vienna, and it provides many insights into OPEC and its Member Countries, as well as the OPEC Fund for International Development, and places these in the context of the Organization’s cordial relationship with Vienna and Austria.

Finally, on behalf of all the Staff at the Secretariat — those who are with us now and those who have served OPEC with distinction in the past — let me thank the City of Vienna for their wonderful hospitality over the past four decades.

Long may this happy and productive relationship prosper!

This message is taken from the September 2005 edition of the OPEC Bulletin, which can be downloaded free of charge in PDF format from the OPEC website.

OPEC Bulletin (September 2005)

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