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OPEC bulletin 5–7/17

O b i t u a r y

Natiq Aliyev

Minister of Industry and Energy

Azerbaijan

N

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

Cooperation’.”

Calling Minister Aliyev “one of the key architects of

thislandmarkdecision”, theSecretaryGeneralwishedhis

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.”