H.E. Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), was received on August 22 in Congo-Brazzaville by H.E. Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, Congolese Minister of Hydrocarbons, kicking off a three-day working visit aimed at boosting regional and global energy cooperation with the Central African producer. This is OPEC’s first-ever state visit to Congo-Brazzaville, with the delegation organized by the African Energy Chamber and attended by Energy Capital Power.
The Secretary General and the Minister expressed their joint enthusiasm toward strengthening relations between OPEC and Congo-Brazzaville, the latter of which joined the Organization in June 2018.
“At OPEC, we are confident that under the excellent leadership of the Minister of Hydrocarbons, we will be turning a new page in the relations between OPEC and the Republic of the Congo,” noted H.E. Barkindo.
The visit comes at a crucial turning point for Congo-Brazzaville’s burgeoning energy sector. In recent years, the country has doubled down on efforts to boost its petroleum industry via enhanced private sector participation and foreign direct investment. Between 2015-2019, the Ministry of Hydrocarbons launched licensing rounds with 28 blocks on offer, awarding licenses to leading IOCs including Total, Perenco, Lukoil and Eni.
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