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OPEC bulletin 8–9/17

on by the OPEC Secretary General, Mohammad Sanusi

Barkindo, through a number of Congress interventions,

media interviews, as well as meetings with an array of

Ministers and industry leaders.

At the Congress, Barkindo was joined by Fatih

Birol, the International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive

Director, on a panel (plenary) session titled ‘IEA —

OPEC dialogue’, with the session chaired by Dr Sun

Xiansheng, the Secretary General of the International

Energy Forum (IEF).

The Secretary General provided a brief overview of

the oil market since the landmark 170

th

(Extraordinary)

Meeting of the OPEC Conference in Algiers, on September

28, 2016, and the historic production adjustment deci-

sions taken by OPEC at the 171

st

Ordinary Meeting of

the OPEC Conference on November 30, 2016, and the

‘Declaration of Cooperation’ with 11 non-OPEC nations

on December 10, 2016, which was renewed on May 25,

2017.

He particularly underscored the importance of the

‘Declaration of Cooperation’ and said this had changed

the atmosphere of the oil market and “restored confi-

dence, not only within OPEC, but also in enabling us to

reach out to non-OPEC friends.”

He stressed that the level of conformity to the pro-

duction adjustments of those participating countries in

the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ has been “most com-

mendable” and added that while the market rebalancing

On the sidelines of the WPC Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General,

met with Mustapha Guitouni, the newly appointed Algerian Minister of Energy.

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