Prime Ministers Headline AOP 2017 Program

PMs from São Tomé and Principe, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea are confirmed to participate in June 5-7, 2017 conference.

AOP 2017 will be a forum for enabling investment and empowering indigenous companies.

Program presents industry in recovery and huge opportunities in gas to power developments.

Cape Town, September 26, 2016 – African prime ministers and political dignitaries highlight a jam-packed program for the 2017 gathering of Africa Oil & Power, to be held June 5-7, 2017 in Cape Town. Following the success of the inaugural conference in 2016, Africa Oil & Power will step into the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the first time and extend the conference to a third day. As the event seeks to break the mold of traditional energy conferences, Africa Oil & Power will continue to be a forum for enabling investment in the energy industry of Africa and empowering indigenous companies through a platform that promotes national content, technology, entrepreneurship and partnerships.

“The 2016 conference showed us that Africa is still underexplored and overlooked for investment and that the continent needs a platform to support indigenous companies and help them grow,” said Guillaume Doane, CEO of Africa Oil & Power. “It is important, however, that as our conference grows, we continue to preserve that personal and familiar atmosphere that made the 2016 gathering such a unique platform. Great conferences are about creating an enabling environment for networking and deal making.”

Already confirmed to participate at Africa Oil & Power 2017 are: H.E. Baciro Djá, Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau; H.E. Patrice Trovoada, Prime Minister of São Tomé and Principe; and H.E. Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea. Returning as keynote presenters are H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea; Hon. Tina Joemat-Petterson, Minister of Energy for South Africa; and NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group.

In 2017, Africa Oil & Power turns its attention to an industry anticipating a market recovery and what companies and governments are doing to position themselves for a resurgence. While drilling activity remains low, Africa continues to be a flash point for world-class discoveries. And while infrastructure projects have been shelved or cancelled, the gas and power sectors are fueling continued growth.

“Africa leads the world in hosting the biggest oil and gas discoveries,” said James Chester, Content Director of Africa Oil & Power. “The industry has certainly been handicapped by a prolonged slump in oil and gas prices, but the resource potential in Africa continues to be undeniably attractive. And the power game in Africa is an incredible trend that will reshape global markets.”