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GECF 6th Summit Concludes

TEHRAN (SHANA) -- The Sixth Summit of the Heads of State and Government of Member Countries of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) was held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Doha, Qatar and ended with the endorsement of the Doha Declaration.

GECF 6th Summit Concludes
(Tuesday, February 22, 2022) 15:30

Hosted by His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, under the theme “Natural Gas: Shaping the Energy Future”, the Sixth GECF Summit brought together Heads of State and Government of Member Countries of Algeria,Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela, and Observers including Angola, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Malaysia, Mozambique, Norway, Peru, and the United Arab Emirates.

The President of the GECF Ministerial Meeting in 2022, HE Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the Secretary General of the GECF, HE Mohamed Hamel, attended the Summit.

The Sixth GECF Summit welcomed Mozambique as a new Observer Member.

The Summit’s slogan of Shaping the Energy Future was reflective of its era, taking place at a time of energy price volatility and heightened attention to the world’s fastest growing hydrocarbon fuel.
The Doha Declaration addresses all aspects of the global gas markets that have preoccupied policymakers and industry stakeholders in recent times as they navigate a changing energy landscape.
The Doha Declaration collectively resolved “to promote natural gas as an abundant, affordable, clean, and reliable source of energy, and as the fuel of choice to satisfy the growing world energy needs, address climate change and improve air quality.”
It also underlined the continued trust of member countries in the Forum by asking it to “encourage the expanded use of natural gas domestically and internationally to address the gap in achieving United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #7, which affects the most vulnerable.”
The Doha Declaration also promised to “strengthen natural gas environmental credentials, in particular through efforts to reduce gas flaring and methane emissions, and the development of eco-friendly technologies, including carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS).”
The three-day Sixth GECF Summit was marked by a number of milestones, including a ceremony for the GECF Awards.
The Heads of State and Government of the GECF Member Countries extended their appreciation to HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani for his excellent leadership of the Sixth GECF Summit, and to the government and the people of the State of Qatar for their warm hospitality.
The Heads of State and Government welcomed the proposal of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to host the Seventh GECF Summit in 2023.

Previous GECF Summits were held in Doha, the State of Qatar (2011); Moscow, the Russian Federation (2013); Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran (2015); Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the Plurinational State of Bolivia (2017); and Malabo, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (2019).

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