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Extraordinary IEF Ministerial Meeting

22 February 2011

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The historic Extraordinary IEF Ministerial Meeting on 22 February 2011 in Riyadh, under the patronage of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, marked a new era of international energy cooperation built on greater mutual understanding and trust as attending countries sign the IEF Charter, demonstrating a significantly reinforced political commitment to an informal and open global energy dialogue in the framework of the IEF among energy producing and energy consuming countries, including transit States.

This Extraordinary IEF Ministerial Meeting was the final stage of a process that started with the landmark Cancun Ministerial Declaration approved by 66 countries at the 12th IEF Ministerial Meeting in March 2010. The Cancun Ministerial declaration addresses two main points: an enhanced IEF framework to strengthen the producer-consumer dialogue and ways to reduce energy market volatility.

The IEA/IEF/OPEC cooperation programme, which was included in the Cancun Declaration, covers a workshop on the linkages between physical and financial energy markets and a forum on regulation, which both were held successfully in London in November 2010, as well as a symposium on energy outlooks held in Riyadh on 24 January 2011. The IEA, IEF, and OPEC cooperation includes also activities on market data transparency, covering expansion of the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) to cover natural gas data and collection of annual data on investment plans. The three organizations also agreed to cooperate on G20 related activities and will be preparing a report on how to improve market data collected through JODI. Reports on IEA/IEF/OPEC joint activities listed above will be presented by the three organizations at this meeting, which will also be an excellent opportunity to discuss progress on and results of the IEA/IEF/OPEC cooperation programme and where needed, provide additional Ministerial guidance to the future work. 

The Riyadh Ministerial also presented an appropriate opportunity to celebrate the 20 year Anniversary of the producer-consumer dialogue that started in 1991 in Paris. 

Press Releases

  1. Press Release: IEA-IEF-OPEC Symposium on Energy Outlooks
  2. Press Release: IEA-IEF-OPEC Workshop on physical and financial oil markets' interlinkages and Forum of regulators

Speeches

  1. H.E. Ali Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia
  2. Mr. Pierre Lellouche, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, France
  3. Statement by IEF Secretary General, Noé van Hulst – IEF Charter marks a new era
  4. From Paris to Riyadh: The Evolution of Oil Producers and Consumers Relationship From Mistrust to Building Common Future
  5. Opening Remarks by Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, IEA
  6. Remarks by Mr. Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, IEA Session on Transparency and JODI Related Activities
  7. Remarks by H.E. Abdalla S. El-Badri, OPEC Secretary General Session on Transparency and JODI Related Activities

In The Press

  1. IEF hails energy charter signed in Saudi Arabia neurope.eu
  2. Riyadh sees IEF come of age argusmediacom
  3. Oil capacity okay as price hits $US105 theaustralian.com.au
  4. Producers and Consumers combine to send strong message to the oil markets on the occasion of Extraordinary IEF Ministerial Meeting
  5. Energy group links consumer to producers upi.com
  6. Oil producers, users sign charter as prices spike business.asiaone.com
  7. Spare Oil Capacity : Interview with IEF Secretary General Noe Van Hulst discusses meetings with oil ministers in Riyadh
  8. Rising oil prices heat up producer-consumer dialogue Pertoleum Argus weekly
  9. International energy forum to meet on Tuesday ARAB NEWS
  10. Oil producers, consumers meet on market instability Alarabiya.net
  11. Oil Producers, Consumers Sign Charter TheBull.com.au
  12. IEF charter aims at stability of oil market Arab News

See Also

  1. List of IEF Charter signatory Countries
  2. Movie on IEF History