Jeff Radebe, minister of energy, Republic of South Africa and Dr Fatih Birol executive director of IEA has signed an agreement for South Africa to join the IEA
In March this year, the minister approved South Africa to join the IEA as an eighth association country after Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Singapore and Thailand.
Signing the agreement at the 25th African Oil Week in Cape Town on 6 November 2018, the minister said, “I believe this decision positions our country at the centre of the global energy forum and will yield positive economic benefits to our country as we learn from IEA member countries and other association members. This association initiative is based on a very inclusive approach, adapting and evolving in a non-binding manner, which will teach us the benefits and responsibilities of all parties.”
“I believe this membership will provide South Africa with a form of regular dialogue with the IEA and association countries through the participation of standing groups, committees and ministerial meetings. This would not have been possible without the close working relationship with the executive director,” he added.
The minister paid tribute to Dr Birol as being one of the most influential figures in the global energy field.
The IEA covers 38 countries and represents 70 per cent of global energy consumption.