The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has voted to appoint Kuwaiti candidate Haitham Al-Ghais as its new secretary-general
OPEC in a statement said Al-Ghais was selected at a special meeting of the Conference of OPEC held via videoconference on Monday, January 3, 2022.
He will replace Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, a Nigerian representative, when his second term as OPEC secretary-general ends July 2022.
“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 1 December 2021, the Conference decided by acclamation to appoint Mr Haitham Al-Ghais of Kuwait as Secretary-General of the Organization, with effect from 1 August 2022, for a period of three years,” the statement reads.
“Mr 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.”
According to the statement, the Conference of OPEC expressed appreciation to Barkindo for his leadership during his two-term tenure as secretary-general from August 1, 2016 — to end by July 31, 2022.
“Before being appointed Secretary-General, Barkindo held a number of key roles at OPEC between 1986 and 2010, including as Acting Secretary-General in 2006. He is known internationally for helping to produce the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol as the leader of Nigeria’s technical delegation to the UN negotiations in 1991.
“He has remained a key contributor to the UNFCCC process, including most recently at the 26th Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Glasgow in October and November 2021.”