OPEC Secretary General's Acceptance Speech for the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Lifetime Achievement Award for the Advancement of OPEC

Delivered by HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General, at The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Energy Award Ceremony, 7 May 2018, Doha, Qatar.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I am honoured, humbled and deeply moved to receive the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of OPEC. To be the recipient of an award brandishing His Excellency’s name is overwhelming. I thank His Excellency, Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, as well as the distinguished Selection Committee and the organizers of this event, Gulf Intelligence.

Unfortunately, His Excellency cannot be with us tonight. I would like to wish him a speedy recovery. The oil industry is worse off for his absence and we are all looking forward to his return.

Throughout his career, His Excellency has shown remarkable skill, charm, intrepidity, loyalty and decency. Over the decades I have known him, my respect and admiration have continuously grown. In particular, I enjoy his wonderful wit and sharp sense of humor. Abu Hammad is a living legend, an icon of the oil industry; a man who is frank and extremely humble.

I would also like to thank His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, for those very kind words. I cherish the warm memories of working together, especially during the very intense negotiations in 2016, when he distinguished himself as president of the OPEC conference.

I accept this award at a time of momentous change for OPEC. The Organization has received a new impetus from the landmark ‘Declaration of Cooperation.’ Relations with our Non-OPEC partners intensify on a daily basis as we explore further opportunities to institutionalize our partnerships.

This Award acknowledges these efforts, encouraging all to continue on this remarkable journey.

I would like to conclude by thanking all members of the OPEC family, heads of delegations, governors, national representatives, officials, dignitaries, ambassadors, and representatives from our non-OPEC partners, as well as colleagues and friends who have all helped to shape the face of our organization.

Let us remain focused on the remaining challenges and, working together, achieve a better tomorrow, in the interests of producers, consumers, current and future generations.

Thank you for your kind attention.

HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General, delivers his speech in Doha, Qatar

HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC Secretary General, delivers his speech in Doha, Qatar