Barely three weeks after being elected as the first female president of OPEC, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke was few minutes ago appointed as the President of the ministerial meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Doha.
The session was attended by ministers from Algeria, Iran, Libya, Qatar, Russia, UAE, as well as head of delegations from Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, trinidad and Tobago Venezuela, Netherlands, Norway and Oman.
Mrs Madueke who could not attend because of ongoing moves to end the oil workers strike in Nigeria was represented by Nigeria’s ambassador to the state of Qatar, His Excellency, Shuaibu A. Ahmed.
The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) is an intergovernmental organization of 11 of the world’s leading natural gas producers made up of Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. GECF members together control over 70% of the world’s natural gas reserves, 38% of the pipeline trade and 85% of the liquefied natural gas production.
The GECF was established in Tehran, Iran, in 2001 with the objectives to provide a platform to promote study and exchange views amongst member nations and to promote a stable and transparent energy market.