Gas Exporting Countries Forum​

 4.png​​Egypt was one of the first countries to call for the establishment of a mechanism for producing and exporting natural gas during the ministerial meeting of the OAPEC, held in Cairo at the end of 2000, and immediately after the establishment of the


Forum of Gas Exporting Countries.


It was agreed that the objectives of the forum would be to promote the concept of mutual interest exchange by favoring dialogue between producers, producers and consumers, and between governments and energy-related industries, with the aim of providing a platform for research and exchange of views, and promoting a stable and transparent energy market.


The forum aims to support and promote mutual interests, raise the level of coordination and enhance cooperation among member states, as well as encourage and support dialogue between gas producing and consuming countries in order to achieve the required balance in the gas markets to reach appropriate prices that achieve the balance of both parties, and work to achieve the maximum economic benefit from gas resources. This is in addition to supporting and promoting

joint policies with a view to providing the necessary investments for this industry, exchanging information and experiences among the member countries in order to achieve integration between gas markets and their stability and encourage the acquisition and exchange of advanced technologies. The importance of Egypt's participation in these global conferences comes in light of its increasing role at the global level for the gas industry and the continuation of its efforts and to support cooperation and coordination with gas producing and exporting countries.


 Since its establishment until the seventh ministerial meeting held in Russia on December 23, 2008 (attended by Egypt), the forum has been held annually but without an institutional structure and formal character, and then agreed on a final version of the statute of the forum and the selection of Qatar as the headquarters of the Forum secretariat. Egypt assumed the presidency of the Ministerial Council of the Forum for 2011.

 Members of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum:

The Forum currently consists of 19 countries as follows: Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iraq, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman and Peru will attend as observers.



 Meetings of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum:

  • First Ministerial Meeting, Tehran, Iran, May 2001
  • Second Ministerial Meeting, Algeria, February 2002
  • Third Ministerial Meeting, Doha, Qatar, 4 February 2003
  • Fourth Ministerial Meeting, Cairo, Egypt, 14 March 2004
  • Fifth Ministerial Meeting, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 26 April 2005
  • Sixth Ministerial Meeting, Doha, Qatar, 9 April 2007
  • Seventh Ministerial Meeting, Moscow, Russia, 23 December 2008
  • Eighth Ministerial Meeting, Doha, Qatar, 30 June 2009
  • Ninth Ministerial Meeting, Doha, Qatar, December 2009
  • Tenth Ministerial Meeting, Oran, Algeria, 19 April 2010
  • Eleventh Ministerial Meeting, Doha, Qatar, December 2010
  • Twelfth Ministerial Meeting, Cairo, Egypt, 2 June 2011
  • Thirteenth Ministerial Meeting, Doha, Qatar, 13 November 2011
  • Fourteenth Ministerial Meeting, Malayo, Equatorial Guinea, 21 November 2012
  • Fifteenth Ministerial Meeting, Tehran, Iran, 3 November 2013
  • Sixteenth Ministerial Meeting, Doha, Qatar, 16 December 2014
  • Seventeenth Ministerial Meeting, Tehran, Iran, 21 November 2015
  • Eighteenth Ministerial Meeting in Doha, Qatar, 17 November 2016
  • Nineteenth Ministerial Meeting in Moscow, Russia, 4 October 2017
  • Twentieth Ministerial Meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 14 November 2018.
  • Twenty-First Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum 2 October 2019 Moscow, Russian Federation.
  • Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting ahead of 5th GECF Gas Summit 28 November 2019 Malabo

Summit meetings of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum:

  • First Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, Doha, Qatar, 15 November 2011.
  • Second Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, Moscow, Russian Federation, 1 July 2013.
  • Third Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, Tehran, Iran, November 23, 2015.
  • Fourth Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, November 24, 2017.
  • Fifth Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 26 November 2019.