GECF-OLADE Organise Virtual Workshop on Data and Statistics
Numbers don’t lie and in a world marred by uncertainty, data and stats that are obtained from scientifically grounded patterns and trends can lend a sense of much needed predictability, participants of a workshop jointly organised by the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) and Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) heard.
The workshop, held virtually, came as part of a growing relationship between GECF and OLADE the foundation of which were laid in 2017 during the successful organisation of the 4th GECF Gas Summit of Heads of State and Government in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.
Senior experts from both sides discussed in detail how data is sourced, harmonised, stored and exchanged for the benefit of their member countries and other stakeholders. It is important to note that an up-to-date database of energy statistics is crucial to the overall functioning and market dynamics of global oil and gas production and consumption. This is why initiatives such as JODI (Joint Organisations Data Initiative) exist; both GECF and OLADE are part of JODI, along with pioneer organisations such as APEC, Eurostat, OPEC and the United Nations Statistics Division.
“GECF and OLADE are natural partners as both are committed to engage in promoting cooperation and constructive dialogue on issues related to the development of gas sector and favourable market conditions,” said GECF Secretary General HE Yury Sentyurin, in his opening remarks.
OLADE Executive Secretary Alfonso Blanco said: “As OLADE and GECF, we are doing a lot of activities together. Data and statistics can help us build various scenarios for short-, medium-, and long-term future and become a useful tool for providing a different perspective. This is an important activity for the strength and growth of our sector.”
GECF and OLADE have five members in common, Algeria, Bolivia, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela, a fact that was celebrated by the two at the signing of a cooperation MoU on 11 November 2018 on the side-lines of the 20th GECF Ministerial Meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
“The workshop is also aligned with the Malabo Declaration that states the ‘willingness to further enhance the effectiveness of the GECF in promoting international cooperation aimed at the development of the gas industry’,” added HE Sentyurin.
The Malabo Declaration is the outcome of the 5th GECF Gas Summit of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in November 2019, and is currently serving as the effective roadmap to GECF as it becomes the voice of the gas industry worldwide.
Meanwhile, the latest workshop was the third such technical meeting between GECF and OLADE, dating back to 2017, and follows a visit of a delegation from OLADE to the GECF Headquarters in Doha, Qatar, to participate in the 10th Special Envoys for Data and Statistics Meeting and Workshop held in 2019.
From the GECF’s Department of Data and Information Services Department (DISD) the following officials took part in the session, Mona Shokripur, Energy Statistician, Hesham Marzouk, Databank Analyst, Amira Remadna, Energy Data Analyst, and Roberto Arenas, Head of DISD, while from OLADE’s side Andres Schuschny, Director of Studies, Projects and Information Directorate, and David Delgado, Senior Energy Consultant participated.