One Stone, Many Birds
Before this summer, as a freshman in high school, petroleum was just an abstract terminology for me, meaning one of the most important non-renewable energy which is essential to human development. Back then, I had no idea how petroleum can be connected to so many different fields including international trading and economics, industry, and environment protection; and I had no idea that all these can be regulated by the help of one organization, the OPEC.
Because of the rapid development of technology and people's increasing use of technology, the need of petroleum increases steadily, and thus petroleum plays an essential role after industrialization. Since petroleum is a non-renewable energy needed in all countries, an international petroleum market was formed when those with rich resources sell it to foreign countries in need.
Since petroleum a non-renewable energy as mentioned above, the most efficient methods of exploration, production, and even the use of oil are consistently invented and updated. Since oil companies need to maximize their profit, much budget are spent each year into the research of efficient production of oil. Although not all research turned out great, scientific progress are made through the process, and other geological or energy related discoveries are made.
Last but not least, scientists tries for decades to end the monopoly of oil by inventing new artificial energy. Shale oil, for instance, is one of the cheapest replacement for oil although it was discovered to be carcinogenic later. Nevertheless, tons of efforts are spent on the research and invention of replaceable energy.
I am really grateful for my experience at OPEC, in which I learned about how oil connects with so many different fields including science, environment protection, international trading and so on. A groundbreaking discovery in one field can actually hit multiple birds, just like how the discovery of shale oil influenced oil prices and thus the international economics. Inspired by this fact, I realized that all the current concerned issues of human beings are actually inter-connected, and thus this is the generation full of opportunities to change the world and improve human life with a simple discovery. This is the time of changes, because of the connections humans now share, thanks to OPEC, and all the other organizations with intergovernmental cooperation or international communication.
My name is Chen Yu, from Ningbo, a costal port city of eastern China. In this summer ,as a student of “Chinese Youth Diplomatic Advanced Training Program”(ATP), I got an opportunity of visiting and studying in OPEC. Before I came ,OPEC was such a mysterious and a distant organization for me —— I’ve only ever seen it on the television and in my textbooks. But just after several hours of communication, I surprisingly found that OPEC and petroleum industry are so close to us. Petroleum as one of the most important fuels of the day, existing in every side of our daily life ,such as the crayons, the fuel for vehicles and other means of transportation.
The impact of petroleum is huge, even a slight change in price may influence the political and economic relationship among countries. Besides, because of the geographical unbalanced distribution, petroleum is mainly distributed in several countries, and different countries will establish different policies according to their national conditions， they will also have different expected prices，contradictions and differences are inevitable in the process of cooperation. OPEC as an intermediary plays an essential role in uniting its member countries and offering a platform for them to communicate and to resolve the conflicts. Meanwhile ,OPEC also makes a great effort to ensure the stabilization of oil markets and the benefits of its member countries.
Furthermore, OPEC plays a crucial part in promoting sustainable development, encouraging peaceful, efficient communication and cooperation among countries, protecting the environment and helping some countries and regions to against the poverty. It is familiar to the development goal of China, which is building a community of shared future. In order to accomplish this beautiful vision ,everyone works hard, for instance, in my hometown, the factories in the petrochemical industrial parks are trying to explore and develop the circulatory economy industrial chains, and we are also using our geographical advantages to develop wind energy and other renewable energy.
Overall，it is such a great pleasure for me to have the short distance contact with OPEC, to understand its organization chart and its operation philosophy. I am also looking forward to achieving a better and a more stable future under everyone’s joint efforts.
It is an honor to have the opportunity to get an inside look of the OPEC. Through the
high-level face to face discussions with the OPEC officials, I have a deeper understanding of the modern global context concerning petroleum. The visit of OPEC encourages us to examine and discuss the main controversy and opportunities concerning petroleum role in the energy industry. It also provides an essential indicator as to understanding our current situation within a global context. By considering from various angles on the effects of petroleum market and other related fields, for example, global economy, political status, and energy markets, we learn about the mission and the role of OPEC and the petroleum policy for the oil exporting countries.
The public-relations specialist, Ms. Hind Zaher, shares her expertise on the developmental history of the OPEC, its member states, organizational structure and the
cooperation fields, which allows us to have a basic knowledge of the OPEC. We are now aware of the different challenges that the oil industry are currently facing, which calls for the response of the OPEC producer to balance the market. Ms. Zaher answers our questions with the professionalism that but also understandable for any non-experts.
By focusing on the present world petroleum market, the industry is currently showing the optimistic prospect on the level of overall development. However, with the uninterrupted discovery of the petroleum outside OPEC states, the impact of the strategy of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries members continues to be challenged. Nevertheless, the organization of the oil exporting countries certainly recognize the significance of developing rising talents. Hence OPEC has invited students like us to visit and learn about the oil industry, welcoming young individuals to lead the stage for the future industry.