The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) is an international governmental organisation which provides the framework for exchanging experience and information among Member Countries. The GECF is a gathering of the world’s leading gas exporting countries and was set up as international governmental organisation with the objective to increase the level of coordination and strengthen the collaboration among Member Countries.
The GECF also seeks to build a mechanism for a more meaningful dialogue between gas producers and gas consumers for the sake of stability and security of supply and demand in global natural gas markets.
In accordance with the GECF Statute, the organisation is aiming to support the sovereign rights of its members 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.
The Member Countries of the Forum are: Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. Angola, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Peru, and the United Arab Emirates have the status of Observer Members.
With the current number of members, the GECF has a strong position on global energy markets and among international energy organisations. Together, the coalition represents 71% of proven gas reserves, 44% of its marketed production, 53% of pipeline, and 57% of LNG exports across the globe.
The Forum highly values this potential of its Member Countries and Observer Members, and at the same time is looking forward to further increase their numbers and welcome new members that share the common interests and objectives of the Forum’s Statute.