By our Reporter
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, has hailed the agreement it reached with other oil exporting countries which resulted in the Document of Cooperation six years ago, saying it has helped stabilise the global oil market.
OPEC Secretary General, Haitham Al Ghais’s statement, to mark the 6th year of the agreement,weekend, added that it has also helped in securing global energy security.
Accordingly, the DoC which was signed by 23 oil producing countries aims to secure sustainable oil market stability through cooperation and dialogue, including at the research and technical levels, for the benefit of all producers, consumers and investors, as well as the global economy at large.
Hence, in the words of to Al Ghais, “The Declaration of Cooperation is an unprecedented collaborative framework of 23 oil-producing countries that is based on trust, mutual respect and dialogue. Six years later, the framework continues to play an instrumental role in supporting market stability, which is essential for growth and development, as well as attracting the necessary investment to ensure energy security.”
Al Ghais explained that the commitment of DoC participants to a stable oil market has once again been evident, following the severe oil market contraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The OPEC scribe added that “These efforts have supported the global pandemic recovery process, and have been recognised at the highest levels of government and by other international organizations and academia.”
Pertinently, it will be recalled that on December 10, 2016, OPEC member countries and Azerbaijan, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Brunei, Darussalam, Equatorial Guinea, which later joined OPEC, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, The Sultanate of Oman, The Russian Federation’ The Republic of Sudan, and The Republic of South Sudan, met at the OPEC headquarters, in Vienna, and decided to establish the DoC as a platform for cooperation and dialogue in the interest of oil market stability.
Other countries, as producers, attended the meeting in support of these extraordinary efforts.