GECF is an international intergovernmental organisation which was established in 2001 in Tehran, and turned into a fully- fledged organisation in 2008 with its permanent secretariat based in Doha, State of Qatar. The Forum 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 the gas related developments among member countries.
The Forum is considered as a global platform for studies, discussion and debates on global gas market trends. It is engaged in conducting gas market studies and long term outlook; data exchange mechanism, monitoring gas market developments, as well as the development of relationships with all stakeholders of the global gas market.
Additionally, the Forum seeks to develop a mechanism for a more meaningful dialogue between gas producers and gas consumers for the sake of stability and security of supply and demand in global natural gas markets. GECF aims through above-mentioned functions, to support and contribute to the development of natural gas resources of member countries for sustainable, efficient and environmentally conscious management.
GECF is currently comprised of 12 Member Countries as follows: Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. Kazakhstan, Iraq, the Netherlands, Norway and Oman are Observer Members in the Forum.
With the current number of Members the GECF has a strong position on the world gas market and among international energy organisations. Its potential rests on the enormous natural gas reserves of the Member Countries all together accumulating 67% of the world proved natural gas reserves, 65% of LNG trade and 40% of pipeline trade of natural gas.
Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF)
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