Statement by the Executive Director on the passing of OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said:

“On behalf of the International Energy Agency, I would like to express my deep condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and compatriots of Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, the Secretary General of OPEC, who passed away yesterday. I consider myself fortunate to have worked with Mohammed for many years and to be able to call him a friend. Throughout his distinguished career, he displayed his many admirable qualities as a leader, scholar, diplomat and colleague. In the global energy sector, he was committed to playing a constructive role in promoting greater oil market transparency and worked tirelessly to encourage an open and constructive dialogue between energy producers and consumers in the interests of market stability. He will be greatly missed.”