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Top oil and gas executives, African continent’s leading energy ministers as well as international policy leaders will on April 2-5, 2019 converge at Malabo, the capital city of Equatorial Guinea for the 7th African Petroleum Congress and Exhibitions, aka APPO CAPE VII Congress.

The premier organization in a statement signed by Sulaiman Philip and made available to OER said that the Congress will bring together top oil and gas executives and the continent’s leading energy ministers, as well as international policy leaders. Adding that, “In all, the conference will bring over 20 African governments; more than a dozen national oil companies and over 50 exhibitors and sponsors.”

Stating that the event will focus on policy reforms, Africa’s influence in energy geopolitics and increasing cooperation amongst African countries, the statement read, “the fresh wave of energy investment in Africa and indeed the focus on growing oil and gas reserves and creating attractive regulatory regimes for new investment stands in stark contrast to many more developed markets around the world. Countries like the United States, Ireland, Italy and New Zealand are chipping away at global exploration potential, with New Zealand banning new exploration altogether.”

Among top dignitaries and speakers expected at Africa’s most influential oil and gas gathering includes the President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima. the Secretary General of APPO, H.E. Mahaman Laouan Gaya, the Secretary-General of OPEC, H.E. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, President of the African Petroleum Producers Organization and Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, H.E. Emmanuel Ibe who will make a presentation on the foundational reforms of the African Petroleum Producers’ Organization; Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, Dr Sun Xiansheng, and Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), Yury Sentyurin, all will be speaking at APPO CAPE VII.

It further stated that, “with Africa taking a more prominent role in OPEC discussions following the entry of Equatorial Guinea to the group of oil producers in 2017, APPO CAPE VII will set the agenda for African producers’ interactions with global producers and markets in 2019 and beyond; the organization’s aim is to create a strong unifier of African oil producers on the international stage. With new discoveries throughout Africa, from Mozambique and Namibia to Senegal and Mauritania which have sparked fresh interest in exploration and production throughout Africa and mean APPO is set to welcome new producers into the fold.”

H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea, and H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines of Hydrocarbons, will be presenting on Equatorial Guinea’s Year of Energy in 2019. The small country in the Gulf of Guinea has taken a leading role on the international stage — joining OPEC, assisting in stabilizing the market and leading efforts for pan-African cooperation in the oil and gas sector. The LNG2Africa initiative, for example, will focus on monetizing domestic gas, building up regional infrastructure and exporting gas from Africa to Africa. The Year of Energy 2019 celebrates regional cooperation in Africa and is centered on a series of events taking place in Malabo throughout the year. Other panels will tackle regional cooperation, downstream calls for investment, the potential for financing Africa’s oil and gas sector, and the need for economic diversification.

Key African ministers including H.E. Tarek El-Molla, Minister of Petroleum, Egypt; H.E. Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy, South Africa; H.E. Pascal Houangni Ambouroué, Minister of Petroleum & Hydrocarbons, Gabon; and H.E Abdourahmane Cissé, Minister of Petroleum, Energy and the Development of Renewable Energy, Côte d’Ivoire are set to address issues of oil and gas infrastructure and regional cooperation at APPO CAPE VII.

Top industry executives, including Guy Maurice, Senior Vice President for Africa, Total; Mounir Bouaziz, Vice President, Africa and South America, Shell; Andrew G. Inglis, CEO, Kosmos Energy; Jean-Michel Jacoulot, CEO, Trident and Tim O’Hanlon, VP, Tullow Oil will speak on Africa’s upstream potential in the current geopolitical environment.

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