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Dr Mohammmed bin Hamad Al-Rumhy, Minister of Oil

and Gas, the Sultanate of Oman.


OPEC bulletin 2/18


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M e e t i n g o f t h e J o i n t M i n i s t e r i a l M o n i t o r i n g C o m m i t t e e


OPEC and Oman: an

enduring partnership

Each of the visionary Ministers who signed the

‘Declaration of Cooperation’ has made their own

unique contribution to its success. The 7


edition of

the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC),

held in Muscat, Oman, on January 21, 2018, offered

an opportunity to honour a colleague who has been

instrumental in helping bring together OPEC and

non-OPEC producers: Dr Mohammmed bin Hamad

Al-Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas, the Sultanate of

Oman. The

OPEC Bulletin

has prepared this tribute.


uccess always comes from teamwork. In fact, his-

tory is often made when people have the courage

to collaborate.

Throughout its 57-year history, OPEC has been fortu-

nate to have dependable and faithful non-OPEC partners.

Oman has been particularly reliable and steadfast, and

for the last 20 years, Minister Al-Rumhy has personified

this spirit of cooperation.

Oman has consistently heeded the call for greater col-

laboration among oil producing countries for decades. In

the 1980s, it was one of the pioneers behind OPEC-non-

OPEC energy dialogues.

Champion of OPEC-Omani relations

At the end of 1997, over 20 years ago, Dr Al-Rumhy

became his country’s Minister of Oil and Gas, ushering

in a new era of deepened OPEC-Omani relations.

Through his charm, charisma and wit, the Minister is

beloved by the entire OPEC family. Oman has been one

of the most passionate advocates for the OPEC-non-OPEC

technical dialogues, participating in the 2002, 2003,

2004, 2007, 2015 and 2016 iterations of that forum.

In October 2004, Oman hosted the Fourth Informal

Meeting of High-Level Experts from OPEC and non-OPEC

Producing Countries, an indication of the nation’s reso-

lute commitment to advocating this type of cooperation.

The Minister has been a regular participant at OPEC

Conferences, attending his first in a ministerial capac-

ity in 1998, the 105


Meeting of the Conference. Indeed,

at this conference, in what was to be a harbinger for the

‘Declaration of Cooperation’ 18 years later, Oman joined

with OPEC and other non-OPEC producing countries in

implementingvoluntaryproductionadjustmentsatthe time.

In 2006, another harbinger for the Declaration of

Cooperation occurred. At the 143


OPEC Conference

in Abuja, Nigeria, Minister Al-Rumhy was welcomed by

Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, who was acting OPEC

Secretary General at the time.

Ten years later, both men would play pivotal roles in

the historic decisions that would do so much to return

stability to the oil market.

Another extremely significant meeting was the 151


Extraordinary Meeting of the OPEC Conference in Oran,

Algeria, in 2008, which Oman again attended as an


At that time, Minister Al-Rumhy thanked OPEC for

what he described as the Organization’s “continuous

support for Oman’s role in the non-OPEC observer sta-

tus.” The minister reminded the conference of how OPEC