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Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has been elected as alternate President of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for one year, at the 164th meeting of organisation at Vienna, Austria.
A statement posted on OPEC’s website also announced the election of the Dr. Abdel Bari Ali Al-Arousi, Libya’s Minister of Oil and Gas, as Alternate President for the same period.
The statement reads, “The 164th Meeting of the Conference of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was held in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday, 4 December 2013, under the Chairmanship of its President, HE Mustafa Jassim Mohammad Al-Shamali, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Oil of the State of Kuwait and Head of its Delegation.”
The Conference congratulated HE Eng Bijan Namdar Zangeneh and HE Mustafa J.M. Al-Shamali on their appointments as Minister of Petroleum of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Minister of Oil of the State of Kuwait, respectively, and thanked their predecessors in office, HE Eng Rostam Ghasemi of Iran and HE Hani Abdulaziz Hussain of Kuwait for their contributions to the work of the Organization.
The Conference elected HE Dr Abdel Bari Ali Al-Arousi, Minister of Oil and Gas of Libya, as President of the Conference for one year, with effect from 1 January 2014, and HE Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke CON, Minister of Petroleum Resources of Nigeria and Head of its Delegation, as Alternate President for the same period.
The Conference reviewed the Secretary General’s report, the report of the Economic Commission Board (ECB) and a number of administrative matters. The Conference also exchanged views on developments in multilateral environment negotiations, including: the outcome of COP19/CMP9 held in Warsaw, Poland, in November; the status of the Organization’s ongoing energy dialogue with the European Union (EU); its continued cooperative work with various other international organizations for the G-20; and its energy dialogue with the Russian Federation.
The Conference reviewed the oil market outlook, as presented by the Secretary General, in particular supply/demand projections for 2014. The Conference also considered the global economic outlook, again noting: the high sovereign debt in the Euro-zone; high unemployment in the advanced economies, especially the Euro-zone; and slow growth, coupled with inflation risk, in the emerging economies.
Indeed, the biggest challenge facing global oil markets in 2014 is this global economic uncertainty, with the fragility of the Euro-zone remaining a cause for concern. It was also noted that, although world oil demand is forecast to increase during the year 2014, this will be more than offset by the projected increase in non-OPEC supply.
Nevertheless, in the interest of maintaining market equilibrium, the Conference decided to maintain the current production level of 30.0 million barrels a day. In taking this decision, Member Countries re-confirmed their readiness to swiftly respond to developments which could have an adverse impact on the maintenance of an orderly and balanced oil market.pproved the Budget of the Organization for the year 2014.
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