The 47th Executive Board (EB) meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) was held in Doha recently.

The meeting was presided over by Sheikh Mishal bin Jabor al-Thani, representative of the State of Qatar and chairperson of the GECF Executive Board.

The inaugural EB meeting welcomed the distinguished representatives from GECF Member Countries, including Algeria, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela, along with observer countries Iraq, Malaysia, Mozambique and Senegal, participated in the meeting.

Mohamed Hamel, secretary-general, GECF, congratulated Sheikh Mishal bin Jabor al-Thani, on his appointment as the chairperson of the GECF Executive Board for 2024 and complimented his extensive knowledge of natural gas matters and adept diplomatic skills.

He also welcomed Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Republic of Senegal as the newest members of the GECF.

Hamel and the EB expressed profound gratitude to the leadership and people of Algeria for their exceptional hospitality, meticulous organisation, and strong support in the lead-up to the 7th GECF Summit and the associated events.

The EB addressed various key topics during the meeting, resulting in a series of decisions aimed at advancing co-operation and enhancing the forum's effectiveness, budget execution, along with presentations on internal matters which outlines the way forward for the Organisation.

Additional topics addressed were the GECF's active participation in COP28 in UAE, and the preparations for the upcoming COP29, in Azerbaijan, the member of the GECF.

The EB is a governing body of the GECF, second only to the supreme authority vested in the ministerial meeting.

It directs the operational affairs of the forum, implements the decisions of the ministerial meetings, and considers the yearly Programme of Work of the Secretariat for further approval by the ministerial meeting, in accordance with the GECF statute, long-term strategy, and the 5-Year Working Plan.
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