Ministers of OPEC countries will have the first in-person meeting in a year on September 30, 2021, in the Iraqi capital to celebrate the occasion of the 60th OPEC Anniversary that has been postponed since last September, according to the Secretariat’s invitation letter.
Iraqi Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar offered holding the meeting at the end of September in Baghdad to OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo. The celebration has been postponed so far due to epidemiological and transport restrictions. The list of distinguished delegates will be formed by July 14, 2021, TASS reported.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to swiftly adapt to the new circumstances by organizing our work and regular meetings virtually. However, the prospect of meeting in-person <…> instills particular joy and hope," according to the letter. The ministers of OPEC and non-OPEC countries participating in the crude production cuts agreement last met in person in March 2020.