About the International Energy Forum
The International Energy Forum (IEF) is the world’s largest gathering of Energy Ministers and seeks to promote global energy dialogue among energy producing, consuming and transit countries.
The IEF has 89 Member Countries, which include all major oil and gas producing and consuming countries and which account for around 90 per cent of global supply and demand for oil and gas.
The members countries comprise not only members of the IEA and OPEC, but also transit states and emerging major energy players such as Argentina, Brazil, China, India, South Africa, Mexico, and Russia.
The IEF convenes a biennial meeting of energy ministers. The IEF Secretariat is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
As well as Ministerial meetings the IEF organises the International Energy Business Forum (IEBF) where Ministers are able to discuss energy issues with senior representatives from leading energy corporations.
The IEF also coordinates the Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) which brings together the collective efforts of seven JODI partner organisations (IEF, APEC, Eurostat, IEA, OLADE, OPEC and UNSD) to collect and publish oil market data from producing and consuming countries.
During the 13th IEF Ministerial Meeting in March 2012, IEF Ministers launched the JODI-Oil World Database which provides more detailed data on oil markets. Work is underway to extend the JODI database to include gas data.
How is RET involved?
The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET) is the Australian Government Department which engages with the IEF on energy matters and ensures that Australia’s economic interests are progressed as well as promoting environmentally sustainable and secure energy market.
The Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics is responsible for submitting Australia’s contribution to the JODI.
For more information about the International Energy Forum visit the IEF website.