3rd GECF summit kicks off in Tehran

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TEHRAN (FNA), Nov. 21, 2015: Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines Salah Khebri has arrived in Tehran to attend the 17th GECF Ordinary Ministerial Meeting which is going to be held on November 21.

The Algerian minister was received by Amir-Hussein Zamani-nia, Iranian deputy minister for international affairs and trading, and Algerian ambassador to Tehran at Imam Khomeini airport. 

A high level delegation from Algiers, headed by Ali Hashed, advisor to Algerian prime minister in energy affairs, also arrived in Tehran on Thursday to attend the Meeting of High Level Ad Hoc Group (HLAHG4) as well as the Executive Board (EB) Meeting on November 20. 

The Fourth Meeting of High Level Ad Hoc Group (HLAHG4) as well as the Executive Board (EB) Meeting will convene on Friday to discuss internal and procedural issues. 

Following the HLHAG4 and EB, the 17th Ordinary Ministerial Meeting will be chaired by Nigeria and the Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting will be presided by Iran on Saturday (Nov. 21).

Previous GECF gas summits were held in Qatar in 2011 and in Moscow in 2013.

The GECF is the gathering of the world’s leading gas producers that provides a framework for exchange of experience, views, information and data, as well as coordination in gas related developments among member countries.

It consists of 17 main and observer members with its permanent secretariat positioned in Doha, Qatar. 

Russia, Iran, Qatar, Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, and the United Arab Emirates, are main members of the gas exporting body. Observer countries are the Netherlands, Iraq, Oman, Peru and Norway. 

GECF members account for 42 percent of global gas output, 70 percent of global gas reserves, 40 percent of pipe gas transmission, and 65 percent of global trade of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).