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    Victor A. Schmidt

    OGEP has an interesting ring to it, doesn’t it? Except for the organization part of the name; this is where the present limit exists and where 16 countries continued the conceptualization of such a body at the recent Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) meeting. This editor doesn’t claim to understand all the details, but hopes that the following information will help the reader understand a bit more about this relatively new economic gathering. GECF met first in 2001 in Tehran, Iran, when 15 countries gathered to discuss gas and economic issues in an oversupplied natural gas market. The countries have been meeting annually since that time, except for the 2006 meeting, which was rescheduled to Doha, Qatar, this April. This latest meeting raised angst among the consuming nations, particularly in the European Union. GECF will meet in Moscow, Russia, next year. The membership of GECF has fluctuated, but members include . . .

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