Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC)

Organisation des pays arabes exportateurs de pétrole (OPAEP)
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9 Jan 1968, by the Governments of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Libya.


Coordinate efforts and encourage cooperation among member countries in the various forms of economic activity in the petroleum industry; undertake research into production and manpower requirements in Arab petroleum projects; establish a central research and documentation system. Promote and coordinate activities leading to: development of petroleum industry infrastructure in Arab countries; establishment of joint ventures in the Arab oil industry; dissemination of information on energy and economics.

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Organizes: Arab Energy Conference (every 4 years); Meeting of Experts from Energy Exporting and Importing Countries (every 2 years); Coordination Meeting of Environment Experts in OAPEC Countries; annual coordination meeting of OAPEC-sponsored joint ventures; specialized symposia; cooperation seminars with non-Arab countries; joint conferences, meetings and workshops; training programmes, notably through Arab Petroleum Training Institute (APTI). Presents 'OAPEC Scientific Award' for research in the field.

Coordinates with League of Arab States (LAS) in the following areas:

 • Participation in meetings of High Coordination Committee for Joint Arab Action;

 • Monitoring progress of work on the 'Greater Arab Free Trade Area' (GAFTA);

 • Cooperation on environmental affairs, as an Observer in the meetings of Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE);

 • Unified Arab Economic Report, also in cooperation with Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) and Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).

OAPEC-sponsored ventures (joint undertakings):

 • Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company (AMPTC);

 • Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Company (ASRY);

 • Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), including -

 • -Arab Company for Detergent Chemicals (ARADET);

 • Arab Petroleum Services Company (APSCO), including -

 • -Arab Drilling and Workover Company (ADWOC),

 • -Arab Well Logging Company (AWLCO),

 • -Arab Geophysical Exploration Services Company (AGESCO).

Relevant treaties include: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 25 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 10 countries
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Subjects *

  • Resources
    • Petroleum
  • Commerce
    • Import, Export

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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