OPEC Showdown: Oil Ministers Meet, at Odds over Strategy

The world’s most powerful oil producing group is meeting in Vienna on Thursday but mounting tensions between the 13 members of the producer group – and the differing economic needs of each country – are expected to stymy any deal on output which could support oil prices.

OPEC ministers arriving at the organization’s headquarters in the Austrian capital on Thursday appeared to be at odds over what the bloc’s next move should be. While some such as Kuwait and Qatar appeared to lean towards the Saudi Arabian way of thinking – agreeing on the need for an output ceiling – others such as Venezuela and Algeria seemed to agree with Iran, which said an output ceiling must be accompanied by a country-specific quota system.

Other oil ministers, such as Nigeria’s, called for open-minded discussion and unity – something that has been in short supply at previous meetings.

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Craig Erlam
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the BBC and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.