Africa Oil Week begins Monday in Cape Town, with energy ministers and senior officials from a host of African nations participating. Joining them is United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, who traveled this weekend to South Africa and will deliver an address Tuesday on global energy policy and security.
“I am honored to participate in Africa Oil Week to represent U.S. energy interests in the region and underscore this Administration’s commitment to strengthening our African energy partnerships,” Perry said in a statement. “I look forward to working discussions with our allies in South Africa and across the continent to advance mutually beneficial safe and sustainable energy development.”
Africa has some of the fastest growing economies in the world, Perry said, and he sees the American energy industry as a partner. He also will participate in a session on LNG resources spearheaded by Power Africa and focused on sub-Saharan countries working to develop LNG projects. Also on LNG, José Branquinho of Mozambique and Ezekiel Adesina of Nigeria will serve as panelists to discuss import and export projects.
South African Minister of Energy H.E. Mmamoloko Kubayi will begin Tuesday’s meetings with a talk on the right energy mix for meeting environmental and development goals. Ministers from Egypt, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Republic of Congo and Namibia will form a panel to discuss fiscal reforms to boost development in the energy sector, and investment opportunities in their oil and gas industries. Ghana’s energy minister, Boakye Agyarko, also will speak at Africa Oil Week.
Minister Thierry Tanoh of Côte d’Ivoire will introduce the country’s energy strategy 2020 plans and investment opportunities as part of the Côte d’Ivoire Road Show, while officials from The Gambia, Ethiopia and Seychelles will participate in a government panel discussion. Mali also will be on hand to showcase oil exploration and investment.
For complete details about Africa Oil Week, see this link.
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