Qatar Minister of State for Energy Affairs, HE Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, called for united efforts to ensuring that gas exporting countries continue to develop their natural gas resources and expand their trade routes.

Addressing the 5th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, the minister affirmed that natural gas is a cornerstone in the energy transition, and that the goal of GECF is to place natural gas at the heart of the energy industry, as a fuel of the future. 

We are committed to working with countries across the globe to ensure the security of their energy supplies and the sustainability of their economic growth.’

HE Al Kaabi voiced his support to promoting a meaningful dialogue between gas exporters and importers and other concerned organisations, for greater understanding and appreciation of the role of natural gas in the economic development and environmental preservation.

As a cleaner alternative, natural gas is a catalyst for better economic performance and environmental impact. No other source of energy enjoys its versatility and flexibility, as well as its economic and environmental qualities.’

The next summit will be held in Doha in 2021, for the second time since the first summit in 2011, and will come amidst final preparations leading to the FIFA World Cup 2022 finals. HE said that the competition will not only be about sports, but will also be about people, peace, harmony, development and prosperity.

The 2022 World Cup will also be the first carbon-neutral competition, which will utilise solar power as well as various energy-saving technologies.

In conclusion, the minister affirmed Qatar’s commitment to the forum’s mission and objectives, and called on all concerned to work hand in hand, and to preserve the cornerstones of their economic and industrial growth and development.

Al Kaabi also recently met with HE Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. They discussed various aspects of cooperation in the energy field and means to enhance them.

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