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OPEC bulletin 3–4/17

in 2016 provided by the IEF-RFF Introductory Background


Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s

Minister of Oil, chaired Session II on industry views on

short-, medium-, and long-term energy outlooks, while

Mohamed Zayed Awad Mousa, Sudan’s Minister of

Petroleum, chaired the final session on transportation.

To help place discussions in the context of global

sustainable development goals and Paris Agreement

pledges to limit global warming within agreed thresholds,

Shamshad Akhtar, Under Secretary General of the United

Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and

Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), deliv-

ered a special address via her designated representative.

The Seventh Symposium on Energy Outlooks is part

of a wider trilateral work programme undertaken by the

IEA, IEF and OPEC in recognition of the mandates from

the IEF Energy Ministers and G20 countries.

The underlying principle of the symposium is to

improve transparency and facilitate comparability among

the various outlook scenarios, as well as help advance

a data-driven and well-informed producer-consumer


In addition to the Joint Symposium on Energy

Outlooks, the joint collaboration involves High-Level

Workshops on Physical and Financial Energy Market

Interactions and Gas and Coal Market Outlooks.

“... the IEA is committed to continued collaboration

aimed at providing transparency on the model

assumptions, underlying the energy outlooks and

looks forward to continued discussions with the

other partners and stakeholders on the implications

of the different scenarios.”

— Ben Naceur

“... none of us has a crystal ball, and no one can

predict the future. With this in mind, I cannot

overemphasize the importance of ongoing dialogue

and cooperation.”

— Barkindo

Delegates to the IEA-IEF-OPEC Symposium seen during a group photograph.