JODI-Gas Information Session Took Place ahead of the 5th GECF Gas Summit
On November 26, 2019 the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) gathered Joint Organization Data Initiative for Gas (JODI-Gas) partners to reaffirm itself as a reliable JODI partner and to highlight the importance of energy data transparency.
HE Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea, HE Yury Sentyurin, Secretary General of GECF, HE Dr. Xiansheng Sun, Secretary General of International Energy Forum, officials from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (OAPEC) chaired the session and addressed to the audience, composed of the others JODI partner organization – Eurostat, Latin America Energy Organization (OLADE), United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), as well as representatives from the GECF Member Countries.
For the JODI-Gas Information Session, aside for the joint organization made with Equatorial Guinea and IEF, GECF participated through delivering the presentation “Data Transparency and JODI-Gas: Better Data, Better Decisions” and moderating the Panel Discussion on “How can National Administrations Maximise Benefits of Energy Data Transparency?. Dr. Roberto Arenas Lara, Head of Data and Information Services Department of GECF accomplished these two interventions.
Back in 2014 the GECF officially became a partner of JODI-Gas, in the meantime ever-expanding cooperation with the Initiative participants has been lasting during last 9 years, mentioned HE GECF Secretary General at the beginning of his keynote speech. Since 2010 the GECF has continuously supported the diverse array of JODI activities, and participated in more than 40 events: 18 meetings, 10 workshops, 5 conferences, 3 user seminars, 3 information sessions, and 2 Energy Data Transparency Exhibitions.
The current JODI-Gas Session provided a unique platform to deliberate on the benefit of energy data transparency, to exchange valuable feedbacks amongst policy makers and industry leaders on the topic of JODI data quality and its outreach with a special focus on the African region. The discussions and exchange of ideas during the Information Session pushed forward strengthening ongoing activities, as well as served as a catalyst to enhance the role of the Initiative beyond its current framework.
Championing the global energy data transparency requires back-to-back cooperation and trust-based joint endeavors. To this end, Dr. Yury Sentyrin extended sincere appreciation to the JODI Partners and Associates, for their unfaltering support, and determinant commitment to the shared values and common goals.
GECF Secretariat head stressed, that at initial stage the crucial importance of the exchange of data and information was stipulated in the organization’s Statute, later on in all the strategic documents, including the GECF Long-Term Strategy. Meanwhile the esteemed Forum’s Member Countries have always been playing a decisive role in the Initiative positive development. The impressive figure explicable showcase their input: for the time being the Member Countries have submitted more than 930 monthly questionnaires, which are publicly available in the JODI-Gas World Database.
The GECF Secretariat intends to keep up with the organization shareholders: powered by official and reliable primary data, 15 Monthly and 3 Quarterly Statistical Bulletins have been produced in order to deliver a comprehensive overview on gas markets globally.
In his concluding remarks HE GECF Secretary General reaffirmed the goal to continue supporting the JODI-Gas Initiative, providing further assistance to the GECF’s partners, and wished to all the Session’s participants successful deliberations, thanking the Government of Equatorial Guinea for hosting the event, for the support and warm welcomed received by GECF Team.