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Press Area

The Press Area provides members of the press with basic information about the GECF.

Introduction

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) is an international governmental organisation which provides the framework for exchanging experience and information among Member Countries.

In accordance with the GECF Statute, the organisation aims to support the sovereign rights of its Member Countries over their natural gas resources and their abilities to develop, preserve, and use such resources for the benefit of their peoples, through the exchange of experience, views, information, and coordination in gas-related matters.

In accordance with the Long-Term Strategy, the Vision of the GECF is "to make natural gas the pivotal resource for inclusive and sustainable development".

The Mission of the Forum is "to shape the energy future as a global advocate of natural gas and a platform for cooperation and dialogue, with the view to support the sovereign rights of Member Countries over their natural gas resources and to contribute to global sustainable development and energy security".

In line with the Vision and the Mission, the Strategic Goals of the GECF are identified as follows:

  • Expand the role of natural gas in sustainable development, in the context of economic, social, and environmental progress;
  • Promote fair value of natural gas;
  • Advance modern technologies in the natural gas industry;
  • Strengthen the international positioning of the GECF as a global platform for energy dialogue.

Ministers of the GECF Member Countries

  • HE Mohamed Arkab, Minister of Energy and Mines, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria 
  • HE Franklin Molina Ortiz, Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energies, Plurinational State of Bolivia 
  • HE Eng Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Arab Republic of Egypt *President of the Ministerial Meeting for 2022
  • HE Gabriel M. Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Republic of Equatorial Guinea
  • HE Eng Javad Owji, Minister of Petroleum, Islamic Republic of Iran
  • HE Mohamed Mahemed M. Oun, Minister of Oil and Gas, State of Libya
  • HE Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • HE Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Member of the Cabinet, State of Qatar 
  • HE Nikolai Shulginov, Minister of Energy, Russian Federation
  • HE the Honourable Stuart Young, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  • HE Tareck El Aissami, People’s Minister for Petroleum, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Ministers of the GECF Observer Countries

  • HE Dr Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas, Angola
  • HE Parviz Shahbazov, Minister of Energy, Republic of Azerbaijan
  • HE Hayan Abdul Ghani, Minister of Oil, Republic of Iraq
  • HE Hon. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister for Economic Affairs , Prime Minister's Department, Federation of Malaysia
  • HE Carlos Zacarias, Minister of Mineral Resources, and Energy, Republic of Mozambique
  • HE Terje Aasland, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Kingdom of Norway
  • HE Alessandra Gilda Herrera Jara, Minister of Energy and Mines, Republic of Peru
  • HE Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Almazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure United Arab Emirates

Executive Board Members

  • Ms Fatiha Neffah, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • Mr Mr Raúl Daniel Mayta Jiménez, Plurinational State of Bolivia
  • Eng Alaa Adel Hagar, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Mr Agustin Mba Okomo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea
  • Dr Amir Hossein Zamaninia, Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Mr Khalid Jerbi, State of Libya 
  • Eng Saidu Aliyu Mohammed, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Sheikh Mishal bin Jabor Al-Thani, State of Qatar
  • Mr Dmitry Semyonov, Russian Federation
  • Ms Penelope Bradshaw-Niles, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Eng Ronny Romero Rodriguez, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 

Secretary General

The Secretary General is appointed for a period of two years in accordance with the Statute. The current Secretary General is Eng. Mohamed Hamel, who assumed office on 1 Jan 2022.

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