DUBAI - Kuwait has appointed Mohammad al-Shatti as its new OPEC governor, replacing Haitham al-Ghais, according to OPEC's website on Wednesday.
* Al-Shatti has been the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) national representative and a member of the Gulf Arab oil producer's OPEC delegation for more than a decade.
* Al-Ghais has been appointed as deputy managing director of international marketing at state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). He had been previously in charge of KPC's regional offices in Beijing and London before becoming OPEC governor in 2017.
* Kuwait has also named Sheikh Abdullah al-Sabah, who comes from KPC's marketing team, as its new OPEC national representative, according to the OPEC website.
* Kuwait is a member of the OPEC and non-OPEC Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC), established to monitor compliance with the global pact to manage oil supply.
* The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+, is returning 2.1 million barrels per day (bpd) to the market from May through July as part of a plan to gradually unwind last year's record oil output curbs, as demand recovers from the pandemic.
* OPEC+ meets next on July 1.
(Reporting by Rania El Gamal; Editing by Rashmi Aich) ((firstname.lastname@example.org; +971 562 160 434; Reuters Messaging: email@example.com ; Twitter: @RaniaElGamal10))