GECF Ministerial Meeting and associated events to be held virtually
Doha, QATAR : The yearly Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) will take place on 12 November under the rotating Presidency of the Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria. The meeting, and its related events, will convene virtually owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 22nd Ministerial Meeting will discuss the current issues related to the gas industry and its interconnected domains of geopolitics, economy, and sustainability. Esteemed Ministers from the 20-member grouping will also address the key agenda items of membership expansion, annual budget, the new GECF Award, and the 6th GECF Gas Summit of Heads of State and Government, scheduled for 2021.
In addition, the flagship publications of the GECF, Annual Short-Term Gas Market Report and the Global Gas Outlook 2050, will be reviewed, while the Annual Statistical Bulletin will be unveiled.
On 11 November, a Ministerial Roundtable will be held as an opportunity to discuss natural gas in a post-pandemic world. The day-long conference will feature two separate themes of short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on gas markets. Stuart Elliot of S&P Global Platts and Dr Bassam Fattouh of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies will serve as the moderators on the two sessions.
Both the 22nd Ministerial Meeting and the Ministerial Roundtable will be partially broadcasted and open to members of public and media.
On 9-10 November, an Extraordinary Executive Board meeting will be held to finalise the agenda and big-ticket items of the 22nd Ministerial Meeting.
More details on the 22nd GECF Ministerial Meeting and its associated events is available on dedicated page gecf.org/22nd-Ministerial-Meeting
The Ministerial Meeting is the supreme decision-making body of the GECF, which is a gathering of the world’s leading gas exporting countries. The Forum was set up as international governmental organisation with the objective to increase the level of coordination and strengthen the collaboration among its Member Countries. The 20 Member Countries and Observer Members together represent 71% of the world’s proven gas reserves, 45% of its marketed production, 53% of pipeline, and 60% of LNG exports across the globe. Its permanent secretariat is headquartered in Doha, Qatar – the world’s largest LNG exporter.
About Gas Exporting Countries Forum:
Gas Exporting Countries Forum is an international governmental organisation of 20 Member Countries – Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Angola, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Oman, Peru, and the United Arab Emirates, which jointly control 71% of the proven gas reserves, 45% of its marketed production, 53% of pipeline, and 60% of LNG exports across the globe. It is headquartered in Doha, Qatar.
Being a foremost energy association, officially established in 2008, the GECF has recorded notable milestones in its evolution and remains committed to supporting its Member Countries in the pursuit of global energy security and meeting the world’s growing energy demand, while proving to be reliable suppliers of natural gas – a prominent contributor in the global pursuit towards net-zero emissions energy systems and attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
The Forum provides granular, scientifically based insights into the state of natural gas based on the diverse variety of the instruments and deliverables such as the Gas Research Institute, the GECF Global Gas Model – now with elements of artificial intelligence and digital technologies, Global Gas Outlook 2050, Annual Short-Term Gas Market Report, Monthly Gas Market Report, Special Envoys on Data and Statistics, Data Exchange Mechanism, the Short-, Medium-, and Long-Term Gas Market Reviews, and Monthly, Quarterly, and Annual Statistical Bulletins.
GECF increasingly engages with UN agencies, the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable growth, ASEAN, EEC, OPEC, OAPEC, APPO, IEF, IEA, IRENA, OLADE, IGU, other peers, and regional entities, as well as maintains strategic multifaceted dialogue amongst natural gas producers and consumers.