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Dr Mohammmed bin Hamad Al-Rumhy (r), Minister of Oil and Gas, the Sultanate

of Oman, with Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General.

Dr Mohammmed bin Hamad Al-Rumhy.


OPEC bulletin 2/18

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

—and indeed, non-OPEC countries—had rallied together

in the past to increase production when the need arose.

Commitment to dialogue

Time and time again, the Minister has demonstrated his

unwavering dedication to inter-industry dialogue, forg-

ing partnerships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders

and advancing the cause of common action to overcome


His commitment, conviction and courage were instru-

mental in securing the adoption of the Declaration of

Cooperation at the joint OPEC-non-OPEC Producing


Following this, convinced of the need for a sound

mechanism to monitor voluntary adjustments in produc-

tion, Oman has been a proud and active member of the

JMMC, as well as the Joint Technical Committee, and gra-

ciously served as host for both meetings held in Muscat

in January 2018.

And at the centre of all this progress: Minister

Al-Rumhy, a driving force for everything accomplished so

far. Indeed, it is no coincidence that Oman has been one

of the consistently highest conforming countries with the

voluntary production adjustments over the last year.

The pace of change has been phenomenal over the

last 20 years, especially in the energy industry. Having

strong, experienced hands navigating the stormy waters

makes the noble goal of enduring stability in oil market

that much more reachable.

In his opening remarks at the 7


Meeting of the

JMMC, the OPEC Secretary General, Mohammad Sanusi

Barkindo, lauded Oman’s long history of support and the

key role played by Dr Al-Rumhy.

“Oman has been the very definition of ‘an all-weather

friend,’ attending OPEC Ministerial Conferences as an

observer for over 30 years, and supporting OPEC and

non-OPEC technical meetings since their inception,” he

stated. “The greatest highlights in Omani-OPEC relations

have occurred in the last 20 years. This is no mere coin-

cidence. This is because of a very special gentleman,

someone who we are honoured to call our friend — Dr

Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Rumhy, Minister of Oil and

Gas of this great country.”

Barkindo then concluded on personal note by thank-

ing Dr Al-Rumhy for his longtime support and, even more,

for his loyal friendship.

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank the Minister

for his courage, commitment, inspirational example, and,

above all, his friendship.”