Refiners and distributors pave the way for our achievements in Africa

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), said on Friday that its recent achievements in the African region would have remained elusive had it not been for the role of the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA).

In a letter dated June 23 to ARDA Executive Secretary Anibor Kragha, OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, who is expected to end his term by July 31, 2022, noted that Kragha and ARDA had helped pave the way for the expansion of OPEC’s footprint in Africa.

Describing the past few years in the oil sector as challenging, Barkindo said the relationship with Kragha and the ARDA team has created leeway for the successes recorded in the sector, particularly on the continent.

“One of the cardinal achievements was the launch of the first OPEC-Africa dialogue in June 2021, which could not have been achieved without the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) and your excellent leadership as Executive Secretary .

“Your esteemed organization, in partnership with the African Energy Commission (AFREC) and the African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO) has helped pave the way for the establishment of a historic partnership that will leave a lasting legacy. to OPEC and its member countries.

“This is the newest in OPEC’s portfolio of international energy dialogues, and comes as the Organization has witnessed an expansion of African membership. In fact, we proudly welcomed three new members from sub-Saharan Africa during my short tenure. Congo joined OPEC in 2018, Equatorial Guinea in 2017 and Gabon in 2016, after being a member for two decades, from 1975 to 1995.

“These new members build on an already strong continental base, which includes: Libya, which joined OPEC in 1962, Algeria in 1969, Nigeria in 1971 and Angola in 2006. Together since 2018 , Africa is the continent with the highest number of OPEC member countries,” Barkindo said.

According to him, throughout the 62-year history of OPEC, African member countries have played a key role in meetings and decisions in support of the Organization’s efforts on the world stage to promote stability. of the world oil market in the interest of producers, consumers and the world economy.

Looking ahead, Barkindo noted the need to continue fruitful collaboration with ARDA, in addition to AFREC, APPO and other leading African partners.

According to him, such collaboration would strengthen and empower Africa to realize its full potential as the world’s leading supplier of sustainable energy to help meet the world’s growing energy needs.

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