New Leadership in GECF
The GECF is an international governmental organisation which provides the framework for exchanging experience and information among Member Countries. GECF is a gathering of the world’s leading gas producers and was set up as an international governmental organisation with the objective to increase the level of coordination and strengthen the collaboration among Member countries.
The Member countries of the Forum are Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman and Peru have the status of Observer Members.
HE Yury Sentyurin has assumed office as the new Secretary General of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). He was appointed Secretary-General of GECF at the 19th GECF Ministerial Meeting in Moscow; the Russian Federation on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017. The appointment is for two years starting from January 1, 2018, following the procedure established in the Statute of the organisation.
In 2017, GECF made significant progress; and successfully laid the foundation for the next chapter of the organisation under the new leadership of HE Yury Sentyurin, the third Secretary-General of the organisation since its inception as an international, inter-governmental organisation in 2001.
GECF Outlook 2040 was successfully launched in 2017, formally cementing the position of the Forum as a recognised authoritative voice on gas. The Outlook is the first comprehensive gas focused Outlook in the globe. The highly sought after Outlook has been referenced multiple times globally by world leaders, decision-makers and industry experts. The Forum also developed the 1st edition of the Annual GECF Statistical Bulletin which includes vital member country data for reference.
Also achieved last year was the 4th GECF Gas summit of Heads of States and Government and 1st GECF international Seminar all in Bolivia. GECF developed a five-year working plan for the implementation of the long-term strategy of the Forum, approved the feasibility study for the establishment of the GECF Gas Research Institute in Algeria, as well as numerous monthly reports, studies and working papers which continue to shape and lead the natural gas discourse.
Significantly, GECF also enhanced its Data Exchange Mechanism through strategic partnerships with the Joint Organization Data Initiative for Gas, to increase and extend its footprint as a trusted partner in the commitment to improve data reliability and accuracy in the energy sector.