GECF, IEA to Boost Cooperation

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have agreed to enhance cooperation.

The GECF secretary general, Mohammad-Hossein Adeli, met the IEA executive director, Maria van der Hoeven, on the sidelines of the 4th IEA-IEF-OPEC Symposium hosted by Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on January 22, 2014.

Both officials agreed to cooperate within the framework of IEF with gas-consuming countries and for IEA to have closer interactions and active participation in the GECF lecture series, Iran’s SHANA news agency reported.

Adeli also held a meeting with Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabian Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources at the one-day event.

In a separate meeting, Adeli visited Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF).

During the meeting both officials committed to working closely together to facilitate information exchange in gas and discussed the possibility of strengthening cooperation in the JODI GAS Initiative and other similar energy related issues.

Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela are the members of the forum. Kazakhstan, Iraq, the Netherlands, and Norway are observer members.

Press Release, January 28, 2014; Image: IEF

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