OPEC appoints Haitham Al Ghais as secretary-general

OPEC’s new Secretary-General, Haitham Al-Ghais

OPEC's new Secretary-General, Haitham Al-Ghais

By Solomon Asowata

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has appointed Mr Haitham Al-Ghais as the organisation’s Secretary-General.

OPEC made the appointment on Monday via virtual Special Meeting, Chaired by president Jean-Richard Itoua, Congo’s Minister of Hydrocarbons and Head of its Delegation.

Al-Ghais, a veteran of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), will take over from Mr Mohammad Barkindo, a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

In a statement on its website, OPEC stated that Al-Ghais appointment was 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 Dec. 1, 2021.

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This appointment will become effective Aug. 1, for a period of three years.

“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,” it said.


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