The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced the appointment of Mr. Haitham Al-Ghais as the organization’s Secretary-General which would take effect from August 1, 2022. Al-Ghais would replace Nigeria’s representative, Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo as OPEC’s Secretary-General when his second term tenure ends by July 2022. This was made known in a statement during a Special Meeting on Monday via video conference.
The statement reads, “In accordance with Article 28 of the OPEC Statute and in the application of the procedure decided at the 182nd Meeting of the Conference on 1 December 2021, the Conference decided by acclamation to appoint Mr. Haitham Al-Ghais of Kuwait as Secretary-General of the Organization, with effect from 1 August 2022, for a period of three years.
“Mr. Al-Ghais, a veteran of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and Kuwait’s OPEC Governor from 2017 to June 2021, currently serves as Deputy Managing Director for International Marketing at KPC. He chaired the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) of the Declaration of Cooperation (DoC) in 2017 and subsequently served as a Member of the JTC until June 2021.”
OPEC also expressed appreciation to Barkindo for his leadership during his two-term tenure as Secretary-General.
According to the statement, “A long-serving veteran of Nigeria’s oil industry and OPEC, Barkindo has been instrumental in expanding OPEC’s historical efforts to support sustainable oil market stability.
“This was through enhanced dialogue and cooperation with many energy stakeholders, including the landmark DoC since its inception in December 2016. These efforts are widely credited with helping to stabilize the global oil market since the unprecedented market downturn related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and providing a platform for recovery.”
Barkindo is internationally recognized for assisting to produce the Kyoto protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.