Chuks Isiwu 04 May 2015, Sweetcrude, Houston, Texas – All is now set for the annual Nigeria Content Investment Forum, NCIF, holding in Houston, Texas, today (Monday, May 4, 2015).
It is the first edition of the forum, which is being organised by SweetcrudeReports, the foremost energy publication, in conjunction with partners – the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and the Guardian Newspaper.
Packaged to run every year alongside the Offshore Technology Conference, OTC, also holding in Houston, this maiden edition of the forum will hold at the landmark Houstonian Hotel in Houston from 3pm and would be chaired by Mr. Sola Oyinlola, President, Africa, at Schlumberger.
According to Mr. Hector IgbiKiowubo, Editor-in-chief, SweetcrudeReports, the event is driven by the objective to establish a platform for interface between oil and gas Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs, operating in Nigeria/West Africa and original equipment manufacturers, OEMs, operating in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
“NCIF is an event we have carefully packaged to offer something really meaningful and beneficial to the Nigerian participants at the annual OTC, away from the jamboree that has often been associated with Nigeria’s participation at the conference.
“It is conceived as a platform for Nigerian oil and gas entrepreneurs looking for foreign partners to meet international companies looking for opportunities in Africa,” Mr. Igbikiowubo said.
The forum will witness a plenary session as well as a technical session focusing on Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Park Scheme, NOGaPS; Capacity development within Nigerian Content framework; Nigerian Content Development Fund implementation model; and Legal framework governing company operations.
There will also be a panel discussion on way forward for Nigerian Content, Unlocking opportunities for OEMs through NOGaPS, and fiscal incentives in Nigeria to attract foreign investors.
Speakers would include Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Dr. Ernest Nwapa; the Mayor of Houston, Annise Parker; Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), Senator Emmanuel Paulker; Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), Hon. Honourable Asita; Mr. Manssour Jarmakani, Executive Director, Nigerdock and Mr. Fubara Anga, Principal Partner, Aelex.
Delegates for the conference are expected from Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Asia.