Definition of OPEC

What is "OPEC"? Why was "OPEC" formed" Which countries are currently in "OPEC"?

OPEC stands for "Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries".

The countries that are currently in OPEC are:

-- what is opec?  definition --Algeria
Saudi Arabia

OPEC was originally formed in September of 1960 at the Baghdad Conference. The original founding members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

The main purpose of OPEC? "To coordinate oil production policies in order to help stabilize the oil market and to help oil producers achieve a reasonable rate of return on their investments."

OPEC member nations currently account for 66% of the world's oil reserves and 33% of the world's oil production.

While their influence has been lessened due to the discovery and development of major oil reserves across the planet, OPEC's power over the price of oil can't be ignored.

-- Articles That Mention OPEC:

Analysts: OPEC Unlikely To Shift Course at June 2nd Meeting in Vienna

US Treasury Discloses Saudi Arabia's Ownership of US Debt For First Time

Gasoline Prices Set To Rise By 6,000% in Venezuela

Goldman Sachs: Oil Could Hit $20/Barrel

Shift: Chinese Oil Imports Surpass Those of United States For First Time Ever