The Ministers of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum will met in Bolivia, on November 16, 2021, hosted by HE Franklin Molina Ortiz, Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energies of Bolivia.
COUNCIL OF MINISTERS
The Council of Ministers is the highest body empowered to formulate the general policies of the Forum and to determine the appropriate ways and means for their implementation. It also has the power to appoint the Secretary General, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, as well as the Alternate Chairman.
Bolivia’s representative to this body is the
Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energies, HE Franklin Molina Ortiz.
The Executive Board or Committee is composed of members appointed for a two-year term by the Ministry of Energy of each member country. Its function is to direct the management of the affairs of the forum and the implementation of the decisions of the Ministerial Meeting. It also reviews reports submitted by the Secretary General on forum affairs and defines procedural aspects for the functioning of the General Secretariat.
Bolivia’s representative to this body is the
Vice-Minister of High Energy Technologies, Álvaro Arnez Prado.
HIGH-LEVEL ADHOC WORKING GROUP
HIGH LEVEL ADHOC WORKING GROUP (HLAHWG) is
General Director of Trade, Transportation and Storage of Hydrocarbons, Carla Flores Noya.
SEDAS (Special Envoys for Data & Statistics) is a technical, permanent and specialised body of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), composed of national representatives of member countries, appointed by Ministers and supported by technical staff and experts from member countries, to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the forum in accordance with Article 3 of the GECF Statutes.
This technical body was established to build official communication channels for data and statistics between the GECF secretariat and GECF member countries, with the objective of ensuring the sustainability of the GECF data exchange mechanism through the collection, consolidation, processing and analysis of data used in the production of internal studies, reports and publications by the GECF secretariat.
This technical body was established to build official communication channels for data and statistics between the secretariat and the GECF member countries, with the objective of ensuring the sustainability of the GECF data exchange mechanism through the collection, consolidation, processing and analysis of the data used in the preparation of internal studies, reports and publications made by the GECF secretariat.
Bolivia’s representative in SEDAS is,
Head of the Energy Statistics and Information Unit, Boris Ballester Gemio.
TECHNICAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL
The Technical and Economic Council (TEC) is a new permanent specialised body of the GECF. It is composed of national representatives of the Member Countries appointed by the Ministers, supported by technical staff and experts from the respective GECF Member Countries. The main objective of this technical body is to provide a framework for active and effective interaction and discussion on technical and economic issues, to share the views of GECF Member Countries on technical and economic activities, and to review technical and economic research work undertaken by the Secretariat and requested by the GECF Governing Bodies.
Bolivia’s representative to this body is the
Production, Collections and Incentives General Manager, Sergio Guzmán Ríos
MINISTERIAL MEETINGS TIMELINE
The 22nd Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) was held on the 12 November 2020, under the Chairmanship of HE Abdelmadjid Attar, Minister of Energy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria as its President. The meeting was convened by videoconference.
It was attended by Energy Ministers and top authorities from Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela, as well as Angola, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Malaysia, and Norway as Observers.
The 21st Ministerial Meeting was convened in Moscow, the Russian Federation on October 3rd, 2019, under the Chairmanship of HE Manuel Salvador Quevedo Fernandez, People’s Power Minister of Petroleum of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as the President of the Ministerial Meeting.
The Meeting was attended by official delegations from Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Oman, headed by Ministers and high-level officials. The Chairman of the Executive Board and the Secretary General attended the meeting.
The 20th Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), which coincided with the 10th Anniversary of the Forum, convened in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on Wednesday November 14, 2018, under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Senator the Honourable Franklin Khan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries of Trinidad and Tobago, and President of the Ministerial Meeting.
The 19thMinisterial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) was convened in Moscow, the Russian Federation on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation, as President of the Ministerial Meeting, and HE Gabriele Mbaga Obiang, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea as Alternate President.
The 18th Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) was convened in Doha, State of Qatar on Thursday, November 17, 2016, under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar, as President of the Ministerial Meeting.
The Meeting was attended by Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela as well as Azerbaijan, Iraq, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman and Peru as Observers. The Chairman of the Executive Board and the Secretary General attended the meeting.
The 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) was convened in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran on Saturday, November 21, 2015, under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as President of the Ministerial Meeting, and Alternate President from the State of Libya.
The 16th Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) was convened in Doha, Qatar, and chaired by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy of Qatar, and Head of Delegation of Nigeria, as Alternate President
The Meeting was attended by Ministers from Algeria, Iran, Libya, Qatar, Russia and UAE and Heads of Delegations from Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Nigeria, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela as well as Netherlands, Norway and Oman as Observers. The Chairman of the Executive Board, and Secretary General as well attended the meeting.
A la Reunión asistieron Ministros de Argelia, Irán, Libia, Qatar, Rusia y Emiratos Árabes Unidos y Jefes de Delegación de Bolivia, Guinea Ecuatorial, Egipto, Nigeria, Perú, Trinidad y Tobago y Venezuela, así como Países Bajos, Noruega y Omán como Observadores. El presidente del Comité Ejecutivo y el secretario general también asistieron a la reunión.
The 15th Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) was convened in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Petroleum, HE Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, President of the Ministerial Meeting, and HE Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar, as Alternate President.
The Ministers of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum met in Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, on November 21st, 2012, hosted by HE Gabriel M. Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy of Equatorial Guinea, to exchange views on current developments in global natural gas market and the progress of the affairs of the Forum.
Preparations for holding of the First Gas Summit of Heads of State and Government of the GECF Member Countries stayed as one of the main topics of discussions for the 13th Ministerial Meeting held in Doha in November 2011. During this meeting, the Ministers approved the Program of Work and Budget of the GECF for year 2012 and the appointment as per the Statute of the authorities for 2012 (President and Alternate President of the Ministerial Meeting: Equatorial Guinea and Russia; Chairman and Alternate Chairman of the Executive Board: the Russian and Equatorial Guinea EB members, respectively).
During the 12th Ministerial Meeting held in June in Cairo, the Ministers emphasized the importance of dialogue between producers and consumers for the purpose of achieving a stable gas market; the timeliness of a mechanism to achieve balanced and fair gas prices for both parties, and the necessary cooperation between producers and consumers to support and sustain the required investments to develop the gas reserves in the producing countries and exchange of know-how and technologies in that regard, at the same time taking into account that meeting local demand for natural gas in the producing countries is a priority.
One of the main conclusions of the 11th meeting of the GECF Ministers in Qatar was to hold the 1st Gas Summit of the Forum in 2011 in Doha and the creation of a High Level Ad Hoc Group to prepare this event.
Furthermore, the 11th Ministerial Meeting agreed on the creation of a Steering Committee to study the Evolution of the gas market and the outcomes of the global gas model; followed up the status of the studies requested on important aspects of the gas industry.
The 10th Ministerial Meeting was an opportunity to exchange views on the latest and mid-term developments in the natural gas market, assess their impact on the GECF countries and provide guidelines for the newly established Secretariat.
The Ministers agreed that ensuring adequate and reliable supplies of gas at prices reflecting parity with oil prices is a challenge, considering that natural gas is an essential part of the fuel mix and plays an important role in satisfying the global need for an environmentally friendly energy source. They also supported the increase of energy security by means of cross investments and technological exchange without unjustified barriers (especially those related to carbon taxation) between consumers and producers based on their growing mutual interdependence. Therefore, the Ministers encouraged a model in which a gas consumer may participate in upstream and gas infrastructure development projects in a producer-exporter country, while a gas exporter may invest in mid and downstream networks and other gas facilities on a consumer side.
The signing of the GECF Host Country Agreement between the State of Qatar and the GECF, the inclusion of the Netherlands as an Observer Member, the appointment as per the Statute of the authorities for 2010 (President and Alternate President of the Ministerial Meeting: Algeria and Venezuela; Chairman and Alternate Chairman of the Executive Board: the Venezuelan and Algerian EB members, respectively), and the election and appointment of Mr. Leonid Bokhanovskiy as the Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum were the main outcomes of the 9th Ministerial Meeting which was held in Doha, Qatar in December 2009.
During the 8th Ministerial Meeting the Ministers highly praised the findings of the study on gas prices, which was called for at the 6th Ministerial Meeting, and discussed the latest developments and trends in the gas industry.
As a result of the work of the High Level Committee, the Ministers held on December 23, 2008 in Moscow, Russian Federation, one of their most important meetings, along side with their 1st Meeting in Iran. The 7th Ministerial Meeting established the Gas Exporting Countries Forum as an International Governmental organization with the approval and signing of the Agreement on the functioning of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum and the Statute of the GECF, the documents that constitute the legal basis for the Forum, thus transforming it in to a full-frame international organization.
During the years 2007 and 2008, the definite establishment of the GECF institutional base took place. In this regard, during the 6th Ministerial Meeting held in 2007 in Doha, Qatar, the achievements of the previous meetings were reviewed and it was recommended to develop a Statute for the Forum, to expand the Liaison Office so that it could become the Secretariat of the organization and to draft its internal regulations. For this purpose the Ministers created the High Level Committee, which held meetings in Qatar, Egypt, Iran, Venezuela and Russia throughout 2007 and 2008.
The 2005 meeting in Trinidad and Tobago was an occasion to agree on the general framework, the objectives and the structure of GECF (Ministerial Meeting, Executive Bureau, Experts Meeting and Liaison Office). Additionally the Ministers also approved to launch development of the world supply and demand gas model.
During the 4th Ministerial Meeting of the GECF in Cairo, the Forum made steps to advance towards the goal of developing a more integrated discussion platform and initiated the creation of the Executive Bureau (which would transform later in to the Executive Board) and consolidated the Liaison Office.
The 15 countries which met in Doha for the 3rd Ministerial Meeting in 2003 agreed to create a Liaison Office as a focal point for gathering of data and for the supervision of the GECF projects. This event was also an opportunity to follow up the study on new gas utilizations, stress the relevance to develop a world supply and demand gas model and evaluate gas pricing.
The 2nd Ministerial Meeting in Algiers emphasized the importance of dialogue and co-operation between producers and consumers to ensure the development of the gas industry, to meet the requirements of the world markets under the best possible conditions without any prejudice to the interest of any of the parties.
The origins of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) can be traced to the First Meeting of Ministers held in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, on May 19-20, 2001. This 1st Ministerial Meeting was convened by the Minister of Petroleum of Iran and was attended by the governments of Algeria, Brunei, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Turkmenistan and Norway (Observer).