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OPEC bulletin 5–7/17

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M e e t i n g o f t h e C o n f e r e n c e

OPEC and non-OPEC countries

attend gala dinner

T

he ministers and representatives of the OPEC and

non-OPEC countries that were signatories to the

‘Declaration of Cooperation’ participated in their

first Gala Dinner on May 24, 2017, on the eve of the

172

nd

Meeting of the OPEC Conference, and the 2

nd

OPEC

and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting. The event was held

at the spectacular and unique Palais Ferstel in Vienna’s

famous first district.

Although the group of dignitaries had met informally

once before — for a breakfast on the historical date of

December 10 when the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ was

signed — the Gala Dinner marked the first formal evening

event. It also represented an opportunity to deepen per-

sonal relationships — and the hope was expressed that

it may be the start of a wonderful tradition.

“It is great to see so many enthusiastic and com-

mitted people here — gathered together not just for the

sake of the oil industry but for the well-being of the global

economy and the prosperity of the world at large,” said

Khalid A Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry andMineral

C o n f e r e n c e N o t e s

Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General, speaks at the first gala dinner for OPEC and non-OPEC countries.