In office since 2016, Nigerian Mohammed Barkindo, secretary general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is about to step down after two successive terms. The identity of his successor was announced on Monday, January 3 by the cartel in a statement released on the eve of its monthly meeting.
This is Kuwaiti Haitham al-Ghais (photo) who will take office on August 1 for a three-year term. Presented as a “veteran of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC)”, a state conglomerate of which he is the current deputy director of international marketing after having been the director of the office in Beijing and then in London, the new public figure of the Opep also served as cartel governor for his country between 2017 and June 2021.
Based in Vienna (Austria), the organization brings together 13 countries including 7 African (Algeria, Angola, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Libya and Nigeria). Its mission is to coordinate and unify the oil policies of its members and to ensure the stability of the oil markets in order to ensure an economical, efficient and regular oil supply to consumers, a stable income to producers and a return on investment. fair to investors in the petroleum industry.