By Habiba Broger
Member and Non member nations of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Tuesday signed a “Charter of Cooperation” in a bid to further strengthen their partnership.
The charter now replaces the “Declaration of Cooperation “ which was reached in December 2016 between the two groups of the bloc.
Speaking at the end of the 6th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting in Vienna Mr Salvador Fernandez , President of the bloc’s Council reaffirmed the continued commitment of the member countries to a stable market as stipulated in the cooperation.
“Participating producing countries are committed to promoting the interest of producing nations. The efficient, economic and secure supply to consumers and a fair return on invested capital as well as the return of confidence and investment to the oil industry “ Fernandez said.
Fernandez who is also the Venezuelan Petroleum Minister noted that the meeting focused on recent oil market developments and immediate prospects as well as collaborative efforts by members.
In the same vein, Mr Alexandra Novak, Russian Energy Minister and Co-chair of the meeting described the Charter as not only “ historic but a basis for solidifying cooperation.
“It is not only a historic document which solidifies our cooperation but also a solid foundation for future analysis of the market and basis for decision making to stabilize the market’’.
Novak who noted the successes achieved through the Declaration of Cooperation said
that the market was currently in a better shape than it used to be .
“To further stabilise the market we have decided to significantly intensified monitoring in bid to forestall potential uncertainties that could disstabilise the market”
The News Agency of Nigeria( NAN) reports that the new agreement is being seen as a sign of the bloc’s efforts to stay relevant in the oil market which has been transformed by booming US shale oil output.
Nigeria and 13 other OPEC member nations as well as some non member countries have already signed the charter