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JODI Information Seminar - Held on the Sideline of IEF16

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10 April 2018

New Delhi, India

The JODI Information Seminar was held on 10 April 2018 on the sidelines of the 16 International Energy Forum Ministerial Meeting (IEF16) held in New Delhi, India.

The event was inaugurated by H.E. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the IEF and Sunjay Sudhir, Joint Secretary for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India. H.E. Yury Sentyurin, Secretary General, GECF, H.E. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General, OPEC as well as representative of APEC, IEA, and OLADE inaugurated the Seminar. 

The Seminar gathered government officials, industry experts, and media to revisit the history of JODI, characterised by strong political support since its inception in 2000. Acting as the mechanism for cooperation among national administrations, the JODI Partners were highlighted for their role in the JODI Data supply chain, maintaining a key feature of the initiative.

JODI Information Seminar highlights

IEF Secretary General, H.E. Sun Xiansheng highlighted that leaders need reliable data to make foresighted decisions on policies and investments. He reaffirmed the IEFs commitment to enhance global energy data transparency under the JODI framework and saluted collaborations by the JODI Partners amongst international organisations and representatives of national administrations to achieve the shared goals of JODI. Sunjay Sudhir reinforced the significance of reliable data to support short-, and long-term gas market research and forecasts.

Fuad AlZayer, the Coordinator of JODI at the IEF highlighted strong political support and joint efforts of the JODI Partners as well as their member countries, to build the JODI Database since its inception in 2000. Erica Robin, Oil and Gas Section Head, IEA highlighted the key features that differentiate JODI from other data sources while Aziz Yahyai of OPEC demonstrated how OPEC use JODI data for their market research to achieve “Better Data - Better Decisions”. Atreyee Das, Director General, Petroleum Planning and Analysis, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India, underlined the benefits of energy data transparency for national administrations and India’s journey to enhance their energy data transparency.              

Delegates from the JODI Partners Organisations and Seminar attendees deliberated views on the way forward, and avenues for overcoming challenges faced in the processes involved in compiling the JODI World Databases.

Attendees viewed data transparency as paramount to a smooth energy transition and stronger collective efforts towards achieving sustainable development goals, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDG7 - “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”.

The JODI Information Seminar hosted in India held on the sideline of the IEF16 Ministerial was in line with key actions stated in the JODI 5-Year Action Plan which calls for raising awareness of the JODI platform and database, and Identifying and engaging champions for JODI.

By putting the JODI 5-Year Action Plan into practice, the JODI Partners spare no effort to meet with key stakeholders around the world to deliver JODI aspirations for: 

  • Stronger commitment
  • Well-trained professionals
  • Stronger public engagement

JODI Seminar Videos

JODI Information Seminar

Opening Remarks

  • Sunjay Sudhir, Joint Secretary (International Cooperation), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India

Scene Setting and Welcome Remark

Introduction of JODI Partner Organisations in presence of heads of JODI Partner Organisations


JODI History to Present: Importance of Energy Data Transparency

How JODI data are collected and processed: key features that differentiate JODI from other data sources

Benefits of energy data transparency for national administration

  • Atreyee Das, Director General, Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, India

How JODI Data Is Used for Market Research: Better Data - Better Decisions

JODI Participation Assessments and Key Features of JODI World Databases

  • Yuichiro Torikata, Energy Analyst, IEF

Roundtable discussion: "How to Further Enhance Engagement of National Administrations Responsible for JODI Data Collection & Dissemination?"

Concluding Remarks

  • Dr Sun Xiansheng