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The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in Baghdad, Iraq, with the signing of an agreement in September 1960 by five countries namely Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. They were to become the Founder Members of the Organization. These countries were later joined by Qatar (1961), Indonesia (1962), Libya (1962), the United Arab Emirates (1967), Algeria (1969), Nigeria (1971), Ecuador (1973), Gabon (1975) and Angola (2007). From December 1992 until October 2007, Ecuador suspended its membership. Gabon terminated its membership in 1995.
18 Dec 2009 | By HE Abdalla Salem El-Badri, OPEC Secretary General 14 Dec 2007 | Delivered by HE Abdalla Salem El-Badri, OPEC Secretary General, to the high-level segment of the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change & the 3rd session of the Conference of the Parties acting as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. 17 Nov 2006 | Delivered by Mr. Mohammed Barkindo, Acting for the OPEC Secretary General, to the high-level segment of the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change & the 2nd session of the Conference of the Parties acting as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. 06 Dec 2004 | by Dr. Maizar Rahman, Indonesian Governor for OPEC, Acting for the Secretary General
Álvaro José Silva Calderón (Teresén ( Estado Monagas ), 9 de junio de 1929 ) es un abogado y político venezolano . Obtuvo el doctorado en derecho en la Universidad Central de Venezuela en 1956. Fue miembro de la comisión consultiva del Ministerio de Minas e Hidrocarburos durante la gestión de Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo (1959). Fue además Presidente de la Asamblea Legislativa del Estado Monagas (1965); miembro del Consejo Directivo y Administrativo del Instituto Nacional de Canalizaciones (1968); miembro del Consejo Nacional de la Energía (1995); Director General del Ministerio de Energía y Minas (1999); Viceministro de Minas del Ministerio de Energía y Minas (2000); Director Externo de la Junta directiva de Petróleos de Venezuela (2000) y Ministro de Energía y Minas (finales de 2000).
Supporting stability, fuelling prosperity. OPEC Secretary General marks 50th anniversary March 2010 This year, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries celebrates its 50th anniversary. As Secretary General of OPEC, I would like to take the opportunity to mark this milestone, which is indeed an extraordinary accomplishment and epitomizes the will, determination and lasting success of an Organization that has worked tirelessly towards protecting the sovereign interests of its Member Countries in securing a steady income for their peoples, as well as ensuring efficient and regular supplies of petroleum to the consumers at prices that are fair and acceptable. As we all know, the last few years have been particularly difficult for all attached to the oil industry and the global community at large.