OPEC Appoints Al-Ghais as New Secretary General

OPEC Appoints Al-Ghais as New Secretary General

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced their decision to appoint Haitham Al-Ghais of Kuwait as Secretary General of the organization to succeed Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, with effect from 1 August 2022 for a period of three years.

This announcement was made during a special meeting held via videoconference headed by its president Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, Congo’s Minister of Hydrocarbons and Head of its Delegation.

Being a veteran of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and Kuwait’s OPEC Governor from 2017 to June 2021, Al-Ghais is currently the Deputy Managing Director for International Marketing at KPC. As a reputable figure in the global industry, he in 2017 chaired the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) of the Declaration of Cooperation (DoC) and until June 2021 subsequently served as a member of the JTC.

Meanwhile, the organization expressed its appreciation to Barkindo for his leadership of the organization for a two-term period as Secretary General beginning on 1 August 2016 and ending on 31 July 2022.

It should be noted that Barkindo has been involved in remarkable efforts to sustain the oil market’s stability, especially at the pandemic time through enhanced dialogue and cooperation with many energy stakeholders.


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