Khaled Al Falih talks to the press on the sidelines of the 176th meeting of OPEC on Monday in Vienna, Austria. Agence France-Presse
Opec said on Tuesday that world demand for its oil would be higher than expected this year as supply growth from rivals including US shale producers slows, pointing to a tighter market if the exporter group refrains from raising output. But the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries,
Opec and its allies agreed on Thursday to keep current production cuts until further review in December, with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia pledging to further strengthen its voluntary production adjustment to 9.890 million bpd in October.
The United Arab Emirates Energy Minister Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei congratulated the new Saudi Arabian Rnergy Minister, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman, in a tweet.
Opec agreed on Thursday to cut oil output by an extra 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in the second quarter of 2020 to support prices that have been hit by the coronavirus outbreak, but made its action conditional on Russia and others joining in.
European shares rose on Friday after upbeat industrial output data from Italy and France raised hopes of an economic recovery, even as a spike in coronavirus cases around the world kept gains in check.
As governments rushed out funding to prevent an economic collapse amid the coronavirus pandemic, global public debt swelled to the highest in history, but the IMF warned on Friday that cutting back too soon could undermine the recovery.
Construction Cost Index (CCI), remained unchanged in the first quarter of 2020 compared with the first quarter of 2019 with the index at 98.0 per cent in both corresponding quarters, according to official figures.