East Africa Oil and Gas Summit Press Launch in Nairobi; Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya sets out plans to be a good example of hydrocarbons management in Kenya

The East Africa Oil and Gas Summit (EAOGS) 2013 Press Launch took place on August 29th 2013 at the Sankara Hotel to promote the EAOGS Summit which takes place on 29-30 October at the Intercontinental Nairobi.

The EAOGS Press Launch featured presentations from the guest speaker Eng. Joseph Njoroge, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, General Secretary UNCTAD and Former Chairman, Global Event Partners (K) Ltd, Elly Karuhanga, Chairman, Ugandan Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and Danny Grogan, Managing Director of the organisers Global Event Partners (K) Ltd.

The Principal Secretary spoke about the necessity to build up Kenya’s infrastructure to ensure the successful development of the hydrocarbon industry for the benefit of all parties: ‘’We want to be a good example of the hydrocarbons in Kenya. I do know that one of the most important success factor of this industry is setting up of the infrastructure so that by the time you are extractive industry reaches its maturity stage, the infrastructure should be in place to avoid wastage and to avoid pilferage, to ensure the industry itself brings in the benefits to the investor, to the country and to the local community. ‘’ said the Principal Secretary.

He also spoke of his commitment to the EAOGS programme and the importance of knowledge transfer so Kenya is ready to develop the hydrocarbon sector: ‘’I have been assured by the team from Global Event Partners that this Summit is one of a difference. Global Event Partners are ready to engage the stakeholders including our Ministry so that they can identify the gaps in awareness and focus more in their summit in filling those gaps. ‘’

Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, General Secretary UNCTAD and Former Chairman, Global Event Partners (K) Ltd spoke about his excitement at the latest developments in the sector: ‘‘I’m particularly happy to notice the new found attention that’s been given to shared experiences and shared thinking among the leaders of East Africa on the way forward for the Petroleum Industry,’’ he continued: ‘’It’s very important for us that the intelligencia starts appreciating the importance of priming up the hydrocarbons sector as a driver of wealth creation and regional integration.’’ Dr Kituyi also gave his farewell speech as the Chairman of Global Event Partners (K) Ltd as he leaves to take up his position as the General Secretary of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) becoming Kenya’s highest ranking diplomat.

Elly Karuhanga, Chairman, Ugandan Chamber of Mines and Minerals spoke of the huge potential East Africa has for the development of its resources: ‘‘East Africa has reigned in a new dawn; a completely new phenomenon of resource exploration and findings. We are now sitting here right from Mozambique to Tanzania to Kenya to Rwanda to Burundi to Uganda to Southern Sudan to Djibouti to Ethiopia and Somalia as a new province, a great, great province of the world’s resources and we are probably number 1 and therefore we are the focus of world attention’’ said Mr Karuhanga.

Danny Grogan, Managing Director of the organisers Global Event Partners (K) Ltd thanked the EAOGS Platinum Sponsors Afren and Ernst and Young and spoke of his gratitude of the many eaogs partners and supporters which have contributed to much to the its success: ‘’With the continued support and guidance from the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the National Oil Company Kenya as well as many domestic and international players; the East Africa Oil and Gas Summit has gathered increasing momentum and we are delighted that EAOGS now has a world-class panel of speakers confirmed providing a value-adding programme that will address the key issues.’’ And Grogan concluded: ‘’EAOGS looks set to break new ground and attract 500 domestic and international participants to the event this October.’’

EAOGS is the event of choice of both sponsors and supporting organisations. Afren and Ernst and Young have signed up as Platinum Sponsors, Africa Oil, ABS and Barclays as Gold Sponsors, Aggreko, Simba Energy, SMTS, DAC Aviation and Tenaris as Bronze Sponsors and Afex Group as Associate Sponsor. EAOGS is also supported by leading industry and government associations including The Eastern Africa Chambers of Commerce, UKTI, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry Mombasa County, Business Council for Africa, Danish Trade Council and the US Commercial Service.

The latest programme and speakers list and transcripts of the EAOGS press launch presentations can be found at www.eaogs.com under the Media Centre

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