*Ugandan Energy minister, others commit to attend
01 February 2016, Houston — Energy & Corporate Africa, organizers of the annual Sub-Saharan Africa Oil and gas conference have announced that Hon. Eng. Irene Nafuna Muloni, Ugandan Minister of Energy & Minerals Development among other energy ministers from the region and directors of petroleum directorates will be the prime time keynote speaker for this year’s 9th Annual Sub-Saharan Africa Oil & Gas Conference scheduled for April 27 -28, 2016 at the Marriott Westchase Houston.
Hon. Irene Muloni is Ugandan electrical engineer, businesswoman and politician. She is the Minister for Energy and Minerals in the Ugandan Cabinet, and the elected Member of Parliament for Bulambuli. Uganda has become one of the significant new market frontiers for hydrocarbon activities in the region. Other keynote speakers are Emmanuel Bekee, Deputy Director/Head Upstream, Department of Petroleum Resources Nigeria, Mike Aryeetey, Chief Operating Officer- E & P Company of GNPC, Joseph Medou – E & P Director, Petrosen, Tim O’Hanlon – Vice President African Business, Tullow Oil, Ian Gordon – Director, Global New Ventures & Exploration Excellence, Noble Energy, Fernando Docters, Head- Oil & Gas, Americas, Standard Bank, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director, LADOL, Helge Holen – CEO of PetroMarker and many others. It is also expected that Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu- Nigeria Minister of State for Petroleum and H.E. Etienne Ngoubou – Gabon Minister of Petroleum among other top government officials would participate in the conference.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Optimizing Upstream, Downstream and Ensuring Sustainability & Growth”. It gives credence to the current global market situation in the oil and gas industry where companies are seeking for ways to reduce CAPEX and OPEX in order to remain profitable amid the current low prices of oil. The annual Sub-Saharan Africa Oil & Gas Conference is a unique conference that brings petroleum ministers, African producers, national oil companies, international oil companies, investors, financial institutions, service sector and entire stakeholders together to meet; share knowledge, exchange ideas, gain insight, showcase expertise and enhance business relationship. This upcoming event is no exception and promises more content, unique activities, top rated speakers, and more participation.
According to Sir Sunny Oputa, the chief executive officer of Energy & Corporate Africa, “this conference will aim to showcase the business climate in the region, and investment opportunities with spotlight on countries where business activities are burgeoning in terms of licensing rounds, and ongoing productions. The conference will also weigh into current geopolitical affairs, nascent petroleum laws, contracts and other external and internal forces driving the market. It will also showcase impacts of technology and strategies for cost reduction as great elixir for ensuring sustainability and growth.” Oputa went further to state that this conference is for companies or people that want to remain afloat considering the present market situation and those that want to gain insight into the investment potentials of the region or plug into its vast opportunities.