Vienna, Austria, 25 August 2016–OPEC Secretary General, HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, received on 23 August, HE Rachmat Budiman, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, at the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna, Austria.
During the meeting, Mr Budiman, on behalf of his government, congratulated Mr Barkindo on being selected as Secretary General of OPEC and conveyed Indonesia’s full support for him in his new role leading the Organization.
Mr Barkindo expressed his appreciation for the visit and for Indonesia’s strong support for OPEC through the years. He said that its recent return to the Organization was welcomed and added that Indonesia had historically played a key role in helping OPEC Member Countries reach consensus on challenging issues.
Mr Budiman said OPEC could rest assured that, as in the past, his country would give its full support to the Organization in its future endeavours.
The two officials discussed the oil market outlook with Mr Barkindo remarking that he remained optimistic despite the current challenges driven by the recent low oil price environment. He added that the upcoming International Energy Forum (IEF) Ministerial Meeting, to be held in Algiers on 26-27 September, would be an ideal opportunity for OPEC, other producers, as well as consumers, to discuss the current market situation and look at measures to help bring more stability to the market.
The meeting concluded with Mr Barkindo inquiring about Dr Subroto, the esteemed former OPEC Secretary General from Indonesia, who headed up the Organization from 1988 to 1994 and served as President of the Conference for periods in 1980, 1981, 1984 and 1985. He offered his best wishes to Dr Subroto, who he described as an intelligent, highly knowledgeable, humble and hard-working man, and expressed his desire to visit him in the future to pay his respects.