The Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, has met with Dr. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the Riyadh-based International Energy Forum (IEF) to discuss enhancing cooperation and bringing an end to wide spread energy poverty in Africa.
In the meeting which took place during the week at the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna, Barkindo highlighted the essence of the IEF to bring all parties, producers and consumers, together in the interest of sustainable stability in the oil industry and the global economy. They both agreed that Africa should be a strong focus for the future due to widespread energy poverty.
The organizations decided to lay out specific ways of deepening the strong collaborative relationship and shared activities that exist between both of them. These include joint participation at various upcoming events and multilateral fora.
“Let us gradually but steadily work together on the issues of energy access and energy poverty on the African continent,” Barkindo said, and commended the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) for supporting efforts on environment and sustainable development.