IMF praises GCC nations on oil price stability
International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde praised Gulf oil exporters for their help in stabilising the global economy by managing oil prices, despite complaints by some Western countries that energy costs are still too high.
“It gives me an opportunity to thank the GCC countries for their stabilising role in the global economy because of the good monitoring and good management of oil prices,” the IMF’s managing director said. Lagarde was speaking at a news conference after meeting with senior officials of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Since Opec ministers last met in June, Brent crude oil prices have surged about 20 per cent and have hovered around $112-$117 a barrel since mid-August, despite fragile economic growth in many consuming countries. Last month, head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), which represents 28 importing countries said high oil prices were a concern for these nations. In effort to cap high oil prices, sources told Reuters the US is considering an emergency oil stocks release.
Other members of the IEA, such as France and Great Britain, could also join the move. The Gulf states have managed to maintain high production levels, making up for lower supplies from Iran because of sanctions, and outages in the North Sea.