Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC, Secretary General. PHOTO: PIUS ETOMI AKPEI/AFP

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has re-elected Mohammed Barkindo as Secretary-General for a second three-year tenure.

Barkindo, who is an accomplished oil technocrat with a wealth of experience in the oil and gas sector, was first elected as Secretary General of the bloc in 2016.

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The election took place at the ongoing 176th meeting of OPEC member nations in Vienna.

Salvador Fernandez, President of the conference, also announced a nine-month extension of the global oil production cut under the declaration of cooperation among member states.

The declaration of cooperation is the outcome of the Joint OPEC-Non-OPEC Producing Countries’ Ministerial Meeting that held on December 10, 2016.

The declaration constitutes an unprecedented milestone in the history of the OPEC because, for the first time ever, the member countries of the organization coordinated with 11 non-members in a concerted effort to accelerate the stabilization of the global oil market through voluntary production adjustments, which amounted to approximately 1.8 million barrels per day.

The second Joint OPEC-Non-OPEC Producing Countries’ Ministerial Meeting, which was held on May 25, 2017, decided to extend the voluntary production adjustments for another nine months beginning July 1, 2017.

According to the bloc, the sustainable oil market stability sought by the declaration is in the interests of producers, consumers, investors, and the global economy at large.

Similarly, at the third joint OPEC-Non-OPEC Producing Countries’ Ministerial Meeting on November 30, 2017, it was agreed to amend the declaration of cooperation so that it will take effect for the entirety of 2018.

Concise News reports that the two-day conference will continue on Tuesday with the 6th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial meeting.