08/03/2015 Press release
Total sponsors 7th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition
Kigali, 9 March 9 2015
The East African Community has been holding the East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition biennially since 2003 to promote exploration, development and production of oil and gas. The main objective of the Conference and Exhibition is to promote investment in the oil and gas sector by demonstrating to the world the potential that lies within the region and sharing information on the status of development of the sector in each partner state.
Total was one of the top sponsors and exhibitors at this year’s Conference and Exhibition, themed: East Africa Region - Proven Destination for Investment in Petroleum Resources for Regional Energy Efficiency and Lasting Socio-Economic Development. The conference took place at Serena Kigali Hotel, Rwanda from 4 to 6 March 2015, and was officiated by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, Rt. Hon. Anastase Murekezi.
The Conference offers a wide range of technical presentations reflecting developments in the oil and gas industry in East Africa and around the world, provides a forum for discussing the legal and policy framework and the overall business environment prevailing in the region, and gives stakeholders in the oil and gas sector an opportunity to interact with EAC senior government officials and decision makers.
For Total, the event provided a key platform to reinforce the company’s commitment to the development of oil and gas resources in the region. The delegation from Total was led Javier Rielo, Senior Vice President for Eastern Africa. We had the opportunity to share three presentations at the conference, namely “Total E&P Uganda: From Exploration to Field Development” by Antoine Logmo-Ngog; “Planning for the future and promoting National Content: National content opportunities in the oil industry” by Tony Okao-Otoa and “Committed to Responsible Operations Case: Murchison Falls National Park” by Marion Muyobo.
While addressing the over 500 delegates attending the Conference, Rt. Hon. Anastase Murekezi assured the international oil companies and related service companies attending the Conference of the region’s commitment to support the exploration, development, as well as production of oil and gas.
The Secretary General of the East African Community, Ambassador Dr. Richard Sezibera disclosed that a number of investors had billed East Africa as the world’s most promising frontier for oil and gas exploitation for the past 10 years and there is good reason for their optimism.
In attendance was the Minister of Energy from Uganda, Hon Irene Muloni; the Minister of State for Mineral Development, Hon Peter Lokeris; officials from PEPD as well as ministers of Energy and Natural Resources from the East African Countries.
The 7th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition (EAPCE) 2015 brought together participants from international oil companies, oil industry service companies, government institutions, academic institutions, international geoscientific journals, non-oil and gas institutions as well as the media.