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stability to the market,” the Secretary General remarked
in his closing remarks to the President.
Meeting with the Minister
On August 1, 2017, the Secretary General met with
Gabon’s Minister of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons, Pascal
Houangni Ambouroue. He offered congratulations on
behalf of the OPEC Secretariat and its Member Countries
to Gabon and its people for having rejoined OPEC. The
Secretary General called it a wise and strategic decision,
made in the interest of the Gabonese people.
“I am confident that we can work together for the
benefit of both OPEC and Gabon,” he said.
The Minister, in turn, thanked the Secretary General
and the OPEC delegation for their visit to Gabon, and
expressed his full support for the Organization and its
Member Countries as together they seek to re-establish
stability in the global oil market.
During the meeting, the OPEC delegation and sen-
ior officials from Gabon’s Petroleum and Hydrocarbons
Ministry listened to a presentation on recent oil devel-
opments in the country delivered by Etienne Lepoukou,
Gabon’s Governor to OPEC. This was followed by a pres-
entation about the OPECSecretariat and a film about the
history of the Organization.
Lepoukou was appointed OPEC Governor on July 11
and currently also serves as an Advisor to the Minister
at the Ministry of Petroleum and Hydrocarbons.
Visit to National Oil Company
The Secretary General and the OPEC delegation,
accompanied by Minister Ambouroue, also vis-
ited the Gabon Oil Company, the country’s
National Oil Company, which was
established in 2011.
The company’s Chief
Executive Officer, Arnauld
welcomed the delega-
tion and briefed them
on the company’s
history, its recent
and the country’s
development of its
At the conclusion of
the visit, the Secretary
General remarked on
the swift and impres-
sive pace of devel-
opment of Gabon’s
onshore and offshore
At a joint press conference
with theSecretary General and
Gabon’s Minister of Petroleum
and Hydrocarbons, both officials
answered questions from the media
related to Gabon’s recent decision to
re-join OPEC, in addition to inquir-
ies on the current and future oil
market outlook for both Africa
and the world.
Barkindo (r), OPEC
meets with Pascal
(l), Gabon’s Minister
of Petroleum and
A joint press conference was held by
Pascal Houangni Ambouroue (l),
Gabon’s Minister of Petroleum and
Hydrocarbons, and Mohammad
Sanusi Barkindo (second l),
OPEC Secretary General.
Barkindo (r), OPEC
Secretary General, with
Arnauld Calixte Engandji-
Alansji, CEO of the Gabon