Experts from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are due to meet at the weekend in Algiers to prepare for a late September summit in Caracas, Algeria's energy ministry announced Monday.
Senior experts will discuss OPEC's future role in the global economy, and in developing technologies and protecting the environment, the ministry said.
They will also discuss ways of boosting technical cooperation between OPEC and other oil-producing and consuming countries of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and developing nations.
The first OPEC summit gathering oil cartel heads of state was held in Algiers in 1975.
The eleven-OPEC member countries OPEC are Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, and Venezuela - ALGIERS (AFP)
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