A JODI-Gas Information Session was held as a part of the JODI Information Seminar series on 26th November 2019 on the sidelines of the GECF International Gas Summit of Heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The Seminar was opened by HE Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF); HE Gabriel Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea; and HE Yury Sentyurin, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).
JODI Partners were joined by associate partner, the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), to discuss how the JODI Initiative can be best leveraged amongst JODI partners and everyday users.
The JODI Seminar also gathered government officials, industry experts, and media to discuss the progress of JODI since its inception almost 20 years ago. Speakers called for more reliable data to support short-, and long-term market research and forecasts. They also highlighted the importance of data transparency to achieve energy transition and sustainable development goals, including SDG7 that aims to "ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.” Participants also provided insights on the challenges and opportunities of data collection, and how collaboration can achieve shared solutions.
The seminar is part of the ongoing JODI Five-Year Action Plan that calls for:
- Raising awareness and visibility of the JODI platform and database
- Identifying and engaging global champions for JODI
- Extending JODI coverage in Africa