EAC Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania; 25 January 2011: The fifth East African Petroleum Conference & Exhibition 2011 (EAPCE’11) will be held 2 to 4 February 2011 at the Kampala Serena Hotel in Uganda. The conference organized by the EAC is expected to attract more than 700 participants.
Ugandan President His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is expected to officially open the Conference, whose theme is Harnessing East Africa’s Oil and Gas Potential and Utilizing the Resources to Create Lasting Value.
Other high profile personalities expected at the Conference include the Chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers and Minister of EAC Affairs of the Republic of Burundi; Hon. Hafsa Mossi, EAC Secretary General Amb. Juma V. Mwapachu; Ministers of Energy from the Partner States; the Executive Director of the East African Business Council, Ms Agatha Nderitu; Chief Executive Officers of petroleum parastatals of the Partner States; and key players in the petroleum industry.
According to the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Mr. Jean Claude Nsengiyumva, the fifth biennial Conference and Exhibition hosted by the EAC will promote the region’s petroleum potential and investment opportunities. He said the last four Conferences had proved to be a useful forum for governments and industry players from around the world to dialogue.
“The East African Petroleum Conferences have provided increasing awareness of the potential for petroleum development in the region and other important developments in the petroleum sector including technological advancements in exploration, development and production,” said Mr. Nsengiyumva. “That is why petroleum sector players from all over the world converge in East Africa every two years”.
The Conferences bring together participants from international oil companies, oil industry service companies, government institutions, academic institutions, international geoscientific journals, non-oil and gas institutions and the media.
Delegates can expect high quality technical presentations, exhibitions from a wide spectrum of players from the petroleum sector and field excursions to the five EAC Partner States to witness first hand geological features of interest.
At the exhibition to be held on the sidelines of the Conference the EAC Secretariat will educate the public on the recently launched EAC Common Market Protocol and other regional integration initiatives.
EAPCE’11 is taking place at a time when the EAC is transforming into a Common Market. This transformation is expected to provide great opportunities for business and investment in all sectors as the single market provides for free movement of goods, capital and services within the region.
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