The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons, representing the Government of Equatorial Guinea has called for unity amongst oil producing ahead of this week's 175th Ordinary Meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna.
The meeting will be a critical juncture for the organization as it grapples with declining oil prices and a decision whether to prolong production cuts which stabilized global oil markets and brought the industry back from collapse.
Equatorial Guinea stands with OPEC and Non-OPEC countries, pledging continued support to the strong leadership demonstrated by our members and H.E. Mohammed Barkindo in a complex period for the oil and gas industry.
"Never in the history of the oil industry has unity amongst producing nations been more important. We call on oil producers to stand together and in solidarity with OPEC and under the leadership of our brother H.E. Barkindo, in our efforts to maintain balance and stability in oil markets." Said, H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea.
Equatorial Guinea joined OPEC in 2017, after signing on to the production cuts deal initially as a non-OPEC member in 2016. After the 2014 crash, Equatorial Guinea's oil-dependent economy went into recession.
Heading into 2019, however, Equatorial Guinea is looking ahead at $2.4 billion of foreign investment and eight exploration wells to be drilled. Equatorial Guinea's hopes for 2019 are not unique within Africa, which has hosted some of the world's biggest recent oil discoveries and is welcoming several new producers, including Senegal, Uganda, Mauritania and Mozambique.