OPEC : Tribute speech by Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry

Tribute speech by Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry

Delivered by HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry, on the occasion of OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of OPEC, at The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Energy Award Ceremony - 7 May 2018, Doha, Qatar.


Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a distinct honour for me to make some introductory remarks in tribute to my dear friend, the OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, who is being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of OPEC.

Before I begin I would like to wish HE Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah a full and speedy recovery. We all miss him dearly and I know he would have enjoyed this event tonight.

OPEC is in Mohammad Barkindo’s blood. He doesn’t just view the Organization merely as an employer or the Secretariat as a building. Rather HE Barkindo is a true believer in OPEC’s and, indeed, the oil industry’s capacity to be a force for good in our world; fueling modern civilization and lifting millions out of energy poverty.

This has been a constant theme throughout his long and distinguished career: Born in April 1959, in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria, Barkindo holds a B.Sc degree in Political Science, a Postgraduate Diploma in Petroleum Economics and Management, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

For 23 years he worked with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, culminating in his appointment as Group Managing Director in January 2009.

HE Barkindo has long been involved in OPEC affairs. He served for a record 15 years as Nigeria’s OPEC National Representative and was also OPEC Governor. In 2006, he was made Acting OPEC Secretary General.

HE Barkindo became OPEC Secretary General in August 2016, when Qatar was holding the Presidency of the OPEC Conference.

I have many treasured memories of His Excellency during that momentous second half of 2016.

I recall his visit to Doha in September, and our talks about navigating a path to help resurect the industry from the downturn that had gone on too long.

Another highlight was a meeting we put together with HE Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, and other producers, on the margins of the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul in October 2016. This proved to be a seminal moment in the evolution of the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’.

HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry, delivers his speech in Doha, Qatar

HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry, delivers his speech in Doha, Qatar