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OPEC Panel to Meet Next Week to Review Oil Market

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By Adedapo Adesanya

A panel of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet next week, June 18 to review the oil market and advise the wider OPEC+ group cooperating on a record supply cut.

OPEC, Russia and allies, known as OPEC+, agreed last Saturday to keep production cuts of 9.7 million barrels per day or 10 percent of pre-coronavirus world demand until the end of July.

The reduction has helped oil prices to more than double since April when prices plunged.

To step up consultations on the effectiveness of the agreement, OPEC+ also agreed that a panel called the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee or JMMC, will meet monthly until the end of 2020.

Its first such meeting is on Thursday next week (June 18).

While this is a more frequent cycle of meetings than in the past, the JMMC’s remit is still to advise OPEC+. This means any decision to extend the supply reduction agreement would not be immediate.

“It’s an advisory committee that can make recommendations,” one of OPEC+ sources said of the JMMC’s role.

The JMMC is composed of OPEC members Algeria, Kuwait, Venezuela, Nigeria, Iraq, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, plus non-OPEC countries Russia and Kazakhstan.

One of the issues the JMMC will look at is whether countries that have not delivered their share of the cutbacks could do more. OPEC+ on Saturday demanded countries such as Nigeria and Iraq compensate with extra cuts in July to September.

The day before the JMMC meets, a lower-level group called the Joint Technical Committee will gather.

Both meetings, like the ministerial talks held on Saturday, will be virtual.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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