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22nd Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum

The Ministerial Meeting of the GECF formulates the general policy of the Forum and determines the best methods and means of implementation; appoints the Secretary General, the Chairman and Alternate Chairman of the Executive Board; decides on membership applications; and approves the Programme of Work and Budget of the Forum. The Ministerial Meeting is the supreme authority of the Forum.

The 21st Ministerial Meeting held on 3 October 2019 in Moscow, Russian Federation, appointed the Minister of Energy of Algeria as the President of the Ministerial Meeting and agreed to hold its 22nd meeting in Algeria. 

This Meeting will convene on 12 November 2020 by videoconference. 

The following countries are expected to attend the Meeting: Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela as GECF Member Countries, and from Observer Members: Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Oman, Peru, and the United Arab Emirates. 

The four-day event comprises of an Extraordinary Executive Board Meeting, a Ministerial Roundtable, and the 22nd Ministerial Meeting.

Host Country Minister’s Welcome Address

Democratic People 's Republic of Algeria's 
Minister of Energy 
HE Abdelmadjid Attar

It is a great honor for Algeria to host the 22nd Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum. We have prepared to welcome you all in-person in Algiers and to share with you some of our cultural heritage such as traditional food, music, museums and sightseeing. Unfortunately, COVID-19 led to travel restrictions throughout many regions of the world, and we have but to organize the Ministerial Meeting and associated events by visioconference. 

Algeria is a founding member of the GECF. We are very proud with what has been achieved by the GECF until now. We congratulate Member Countries and the GECF Secretariat for their cooperative actions and successful achievements that made the Forum stronger and able to fulfill its objectives. The recent establishment of the GECF Gas Research Institute in Algeria is a great example of the progress made in a cooperative and forward-looking manner.

As President of the Ministerial Meeting, I will strive to provide for a constructive and cooperative dialogue, and to find consensual approaches that will contribute to fulfilling the objectives of the Forum while satisfying the interests of each Member Country, especially in these challenging times and as we drive natural gas towards a greater and sustainable post-COVID-19 future.  

I wish you and your loved ones the best of good health, peace and success, and I do hope that we will have another opportunity to welcome you in-person in Algeria and be able to extend to each and every one of you the hospitality and warmth that we have planned to offer you in this year. 

Calendar of Events

9-10 November

Extraordinary Executive Board Meeting

11 November

Ministerial Roundtable

12 November

22nd Ministerial Meeting

12 November

Press Conference


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