Secretary General Aldo Flores-Quiroga welcomed a high-level delegation from the People’s Republic of China at IEF headquarters in Riyadh on 20 January 2016, headed by HE Nuer Baikeli, Vice Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (Minister level) and Administrator of the National Energy Administration. They reviewed cooperation between China and the International Energy Forum.
A key player in the global energy dialogue process, and a long-standing member of the IEF Executive Board, China is taking an increasingly active interest in the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI)* co-ordinated by the IEF. HE Nuer Baikeli reiterated China’s support for the IEF and noted the value placed by China on the neutrality of the IEF’s dialogue platform. He warmly welcomed the participation of the Secretariat in the meetings of the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group and encouraged input from the IEF in helping to shape the G20 energy agenda, extending an invitation for the Secretary General Flores-Quiroga to participate in the upcoming G20 Energy Ministerial.
Secretary General Flores-Quiroga welcomed China’s expressions of support for the work of the IEF, and noted that he and his team will work closely with their Chinese colleagues to explore the potential for deepened ties between the IEF and China in furtherance of the producer-consumer dialogue, market data transparency, and global energy security.
*The IEF’s JODI partner organisations are: Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), International Energy Agency (IEA), Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD).