At Long Last, Iran's Oil Bourse Has Arrived!
Finally, an alternative to the petrodollar!
Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh said on Wednesday that the establishment of Oil Stock Exchange is in its final stage and the bourse will be launched in Iran in the next week.Note, he didn't say that it couldn't happen, merely that he didn't say that it would happen!
He told reporters, upon arrival from Qatar where he attended the 10th General Assembly of International Energy Agency and consultations with OPEC member states, that registration of the Oil Stock Exchange is underway and the entity will operate after being approved by by Council of Stock Exchange.
He rejected a statement attributed to him saying that Oil Stock Exchange will bring to the ground the US economy and said, "I don't know who has speculated that I've not talked about US economy."
Asked about conference on energy in Doha, he said that more than 60 countries and 30 oil companies and consultants took part in the conference.This is tantamount to an endorsement of some form of nationalization as a prerequisite for consumers getting a fair shake.
Vaziri Hamaneh said that serious discussions were held including security of supply and demand, security of investment in energy and environment issues.
"The best method for security of demand in the oil sector is that consumers should be given opportunity to enter into partnership with the suppliers in investment in oil industry."
He said that the conference called for diversifying energy resources and cooperation of the developed states with the countries possessing oil and gas resources.In other words, as long as oil prices are controlled by TRADERS we'll not only be subject to the ongoing conspiracies of BIG Oil, but we will be at the mercy of paranoid swings of the stock market, present and future.
Asked about the oil price rise, Vaziri-Hamaneh said that oil price is being influenced by political situation, whereas it should be freed from political impacts and economic and technical fundamentals should determine the oil prices.
"As long as political impacts dominate the oil market, price hike will continue," he concluded.
Thank borkafatty for the scoop!