The Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through the Ministry for Mines and Hydrocarbons, has on an international level made official the initiatives of 2019 Energy Year. The announcement was made by the Equatoguinean Minister for Mines and Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima, in his speech before the most senior conference in the sector in Africa, which is celebrating its third edition in Cape Town (Republic of South Africa).
Under the banner “Finding a better way to boost energy sectors in Africa”, through energy coalitions, from regional to government-level cooperation, and by private companies that coordinate development and financing agreements for public-private sector collaboration, and due to the importance of this issue, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea led the government delegations, followed by Ghana, Gambia, Cameroon, South Sudan and South Africa, backed by a high level of participation from senior officials and executives from the public and private petroleum and gas sectors in African and other parts of the world.
In his words, when commenting on the initiative of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to declare 2019 as Energy Year, the minister stated that, Equatorial Guinea is a small country with huge ambitions, and through Energy Year we want to have a huge international impact, bringing together world leaders in Malabo to promote cooperation and new investment. This is our moment as a nation to show the calibre of our petroleum and gas projects”.
The holding of annual meetings of the African Organisation of Petroleum Producers and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, together with other meetings throughout Energy Year, represents a continuation of the ambition and influence of Equatorial guinea on African events”. In recent years, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has become to main centre on the African continent, hosting sporting, cultural and political events, and also international events for the petroleum, gas and energy industry. Through Energy Year 2019, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is thus hoping to strengthen relations and create fellowship with its allies, both new and existing.
Equatorial Guinea has a proud distinguished legacy in the energy industry, and as host of emblematic events. Through Energy Year, the country is once again demonstrating its leadership role in uniting Africa and world leaders in the sector. We are proud to work with the Government of Equatorial Guinea on this interesting initiative” said Guillaume Doane, CEO of Africa Oil & Power (AOP).
Taking advantage of the success from previous years, the Africa Oil and Power Conference is once again bringing together ministers, senior government officials and senior executives from the public and private sectors from the whole of Africa and other parts of the world, in order to debate the state of the petroleum, gas and energy sectors on our continent, and also to identify better opportunities in the sector.
AOP is the main investment platform in petroleum, gas and energy, and also hosts debates on sector policies for the African continent. In the 2018 edition, as in previous years, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is taking part through a senior delegation led by the Minister for Mines, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office