Africa Outlook

Bringing deal-making into sharp focus


FOR MORE than a quarter of a century, Africa Oil Week has acted as a central hub for decision-makers in the African oil and gas sector, bringing together delegates from Marrakech and Maputo to Lagos and Lusaka in Cape Town each November.

Following consultati­on with two expert advisory boards, and countless interviews with the industry, the 2019 programme has been crafted to put deal-making front and centre of the agenda for the 1,800 attendees.

Among the features of the 2019 edition of the conference are a Ministeria­l and VIP Programme. This is expected to play host to 180 CEOs, VPs and senior government representa­tives, including Alan Winde, Premier of the Western Cape and Steven Winber, US Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy.

Kael O’Sullivan, Head of Investor and VIP Relations, commented: “A key aim of ours for the 2019 Summit is to ensure that capital is connected to the right opportunit­ies. The Ministeria­l and VIP Programme is key to these efforts and will bring together the top 180 decision-makers and influencer­s in the African upstream space for investment and deal-making. This core group, we believe, will play a major role in the future developmen­t of the sector and, by extension, the economic developmen­t of Africa.”

Another feature optimised for deal-making is the Prospect Forum. After a successful launch last year, it returns to the conference in an extended format for 2019. The data revealed at the forum will help industry leaders make big investment decisions, based on world class geophysica­l findings. Expect speakers from organisati­ons including: The Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire, PGS, Tullow Oil and Savannah Petroleum.

The unique mix of government­s, financiers, operators, geo-service companies and more make Africa Oil Week a unique environmen­t for networking and deal-making. This is an element of the conference that organisers are keen to maximise with a calendar of nine social functions, from waterfront drinks to gala dinners. You never know when you’ll bump into your next big opportunit­y.

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