The IEF chaired an inter-secretariat meeting of the JODI partner organisations hosted by OPEC at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria from 20-21 October 2014. In addition to OPEC and the IEF, representatives of JODI Partners APEC, Eurostat, GECF, IEA, and the UNSD participated in the Vienna meeting. OLADE joined via teleconference.
In line with standard practice, the first part of the two-day meeting covered technical issues. The subjects covered by the partners included a review of their respective methodologies for the application of conversion factors, the current development status of standardised country notes, and discussions on the process for managing the data from countries that submit JODI-Gas questionnaires to multiple JODI Partner organisations.
The Partners then presented progress reports on the participation of their respective member countries in both JODI-Oil and JODI-Gas before discussing the merits of a number of proposed strategic initiatives. These included the implementation of an IEF proposal for the Partners and other stakeholders to enhance the visibility of JODI by means of more actively promoting the Initiative through greater brand presence conveyed by affording it greater prominence on the websites of the JODI Partner organisations. The partners received status reports on the progress made in planning for the upcoming JODI training workshop which will be generously hosted by the GECF from 23-25 November 2014 in Doha with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa and GECF/OPEC member countries. They also discussed plans for the upcoming JODI Conference, to be hosted by India in Delhi from 2-4 February 2015.
Taking advantage of their presence at OPEC headquarters the partners incorporated a new item into the Vienna agenda which invited direct feedback from a range of OPEC analysts who were invited to participate in the meeting. Commenting on some of the perceived advantages of the JODI databases which they use regularly as a function of their ongoing analysis of the oil market, they also highlighted some shortcomings of the Initiative.
Also, in follow-up to a preliminary meeting with the IEF, the Energy Community – a Vienna-based International Organisation representing member states from Southern Europe, attended the JODI meeting and agreed with the JODI partners on future cooperation on capacity building and the collection of JODI data from their member states.