OPEC bulletin 5–7/17
O b i t u a r y
Minister of Industry and Energy
atiq Aliyev, Minister of Industry and Energy of
the Azerbaijan Republic, passed away suddenly
on June 9, 2017.
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1947, Minister Aliyev
graduated in1970 fromtheAzerbaijanStateOilAcademy,
earningaPhD inGeologyandMineralSciences. Hestarted
working in the oil industry in 1970.
Over the years, Minister Aliyev held various positions
within theoilindustry. Healsoheldvariouspoliticalposts.
He was appointed in 1993 Chairman of the Board and
PresidentofAzerbaijan’sStateOilCompany, andheld this
position until December 2004, when he was appointed
Minister of Industry and Energy.
In a letter sent to the President of Azerbaijan upon
hearing of theMinister’s sad and untimely passing, OPEC
Secretary General, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, con-
veyed his condolences, along with those of the staff of
the OPEC Secretariat.
Minister Aliyev’s peers and fellow Ministers would
greatly miss his “guidance and wisdom”, said the
Secretary General. “These traits were evidently on show
during the diplomatic efforts that were [undertaken] in
the second half of 2016”, he noted, adding that they
“led to the historic OPEC and non-OPEC ‘Declaration of
Calling Minister Aliyev “one of the key architects of
soul repose and extended his condolences to his family
— that they may be “granted strength and comfort dur-
ing the coming days, months, and years.”