Nigeria’s petroleum minister emerges Gas Exporting Countries Forum president

Nigeria’s Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Tuesday emerged the new president of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, GECF.

Ms. Alison-Madueke appointment was announced at the ongoing 16th ministerial meeting of the global forum in Doha, Qatar.

The forum is the umbrella intergovernmental body of eleven of the world’s natural gas producing countries, consisting Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

The forum members control over 70 per cent of the global natural gas reserves, and about 40 per cent the pipeline systems as well as more than 80 per cent of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke, who also recently emerged the President of the Organisation of Exporting Countries, OPEC, and will assume office come January 1, 2015, was absent at the meeting when her appointment was announced.

She was represented by group executive director (GED) gas and power, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), David Ige, and the Nigeria ambassador to Qatar, Shuaibu Ahmed.

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