South Africa Energy Minister Opens AOP 2016

  • Inaugural Africa Oil & Power Event launches with keynote address from South Africa’s Ministry of Energy
  • Equatorial Guinea releases first details of 2016 oil and gas bidding round, EG Ronda 2016
  • Second day of the conference includes Power, Finance, Projects and Policy panels


Africa Oil & Power, billed as Africa’s Elite Energy Event, opened with keynote addresses from Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson, MP, South Africa’s Minister of Energy; H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy of Equatorial Guinea; and Prof. Thomas Mba Akabzaa, Chief Director at Ghana’s Ministry of Petroleum.

Africa Oil & Power aims to become the focal point for discussion on the energy investments and policy that will shape Africa’s future. During the afternoon session, Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy presented a Market Spotlight on the Central African country, including the launch of its 2016 oil and gas blocks licensing round, EG Ronda 2016.

The second day of Africa Oil & Power features four panel discussions where a curated list of panelists discuss the power sector, projects and prospects, legal and policy issues, and finance and investment in the oil, gas and power sectors.

CEO of the organizer Africa Branding Corporation, Guillaume Doane, said: “There is a growing consensus within the energy industry that the market downturn is behind us. Today, our speakers issued a loud and clear call for unity and partnership amongst countries in Africa to invest in the development of their natural resources and promote national content and local companies.”