Algiers, the vibrant capital of Algeria, is gearing up to host the 7th Summit of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) on March 2, 2024. This significant event will convene Heads of State and Government from the Member Countries of the GECF, providing a crucial platform for dialogue on global energy challenges and the pivotal role of natural gas in addressing them.
Underlining the timeliness and importance of this summit, Her Excellency Ms. Salima Abdelhak, Ambassador of Algeria to the Netherlands remarked “The Gas Summit comes at the right time in an international context that is experiencing major challenges in terms of energy” remarked. She added “Gas continues to serve as a viable alternative addressing climate change, offering affordability, accessibility, security, and a cleaner energy option”.
The GECF Summit serves as an important platform for leaders to engage in constructive dialogue, sharing insights, and shaping future perspectives on energy, with a specific focus on the role of natural gas. Mohamed Hamel, Secretary General of the GECF, emphasized the comprehensive nature of the discussions, covering geopolitical, economic, and policy developments in the natural gas sector.
“This Summit presents an opportunity for leaders to engage in comprehensive discussions encompassing geopolitical, economic, and policy developments,” stated Hamel. He further highlighted the GECF’s role in advocating for natural gas as a crucial element in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring stability, security, and sustainability in global energy markets.
Preparations for the Summit have been meticulous, with the Algerian National Committee working closely with the GECF Secretariat to mobilize resources and ensure optimal conditions for a successful event. Key meetings, including a High-Level Ad Hoc Working Group meeting and an Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting, will precede the Summit to prepare essential documents, including the Algiers Declaration.
Aside from the main Summit, several significant side events are planned. These include the inauguration of the GECF Gas Research Institute headquarters in Algiers, the unveiling of the latest edition of the Global Gas Outlook, an Award Ceremony honoring contributions to the natural gas sector, and signing ceremonies for Memorandums of Understanding with AFREC and ERIA.
The 7th Summit builds upon the results of previous GECF Summits, each addressing crucial themes related to natural gas and sustainable development. From Doha to Malabo, these summits have underscored the importance of natural gas in shaping the energy future and promoting sustainable development globally. As Algiers prepares to welcome leaders from around the world, the 7th GECF Summit promises to be a significant milestone in advancing international cooperation and dialogue on energy issues.
For those interested in learning more about this landmark event, detailed information is available on the dedicated website: https://algeria7thgecfsummit.dz.