The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) postponed its 60th anniversary celebrations because of coronavirus. This was stated in the release published on the website of the organization on Friday, September 4.
Initially, the celebration was to be held on September 10-14 in Baghdad. However, Ihsan Abdel Jaber, Minister of Oil of Iraq and head of the country’s representation in OPEC, applied to the general secretariat of the organization with a statement about impossibility to celebrate the anniversary on the announced dates because of epidemiological situation.
OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo regretted the impossibility to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the organization on the anniversary of the conference in Baghdad, at which it was decided to establish it, and said that he hopes that the celebrations will take place in the near future.
The decision to establish the OPEC was made in September 1960 in Baghdad. The first members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Later, the number of member countries has expanded to 13. In 2020, the organization celebrates another anniversary: 55 years since the relocation of its headquarters in Vienna.
During the March meeting, OPEC Barkindo offered participants to replace traditional handshakes with touching shoes soles for protection against coronavirus. A video, on which he thus welcomed the Russian delegation, appeared on the official Twitter of the organization.