Dr Mohammmed bin Hamad Al-Rumhy, Minister of Oil
and Gas, the Sultanate of Oman.
OPEC bulletin 2/18
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
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OPEC and Oman: an
Each of the visionary Ministers who signed the
‘Declaration of Cooperation’ has made their own
unique contribution to its success. The 7
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
has prepared this tribute.
uccess always comes from teamwork. In fact, his-
tory is often made when people have the courage
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
In 2006, another harbinger for the Declaration of
Cooperation occurred. At the 143
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