From Okwe Obi, Abuja
Experts in Africa’s oil and gas industry will converge on Abuja, for the 3rd edition of the African Local Content Roundtable, to review innovation instituted by the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO) Member Countries.
The yearly event conceived and first hosted by the Nigerian Content Monitoring and Development Board (NCDMB), was institutionalized as an APPO Project following the success of the inaugural edition in 2021, in Bayelsa State.
According to the organizers, in a statement, the event is primed to create a forum for oil-producing countries and drivers of local content in Africa to hold discussions on innovative ways to tackle the growing challenges facing the continent’s oil and gas industry, especially in the face of energy transition.
The roundtable which is sponsored by NCDMB, and has APPO as partners, will serve as a platform for stakeholders to proffer solutions to these challenges, some of which has been identified as: funding, poor infrastructure, human capacity development and uncertain regulatory framework.
The statement explained that the objective of the event which is scheduled to hold between October 25 and 26, 2023, at Fraser Suit, is to spur local content officials and experts in member countries to review the approaches and regulations employed to drive local content along the value chain of Africa’s oil and gas industry, and address the imminent challenges facing the industry.
APPO Secretary General, Omar Farouk, said he has been proactive in seeking best practices in local content implementation across Africa.
“During a tour of member countries’ training institutions, the Farouk said he visited the tower and facilities of the NCDMB in Yenagoa, where important policies and relevant practices are being implemented.
“In May 2022, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) signed an Agreement with the African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO) to collaborate on the establishment of an African Energy Bank in support of an Africa-led Energy Transition strategy.
“At the maiden edition of the African Local Content Roundtable, oil-producing countries in Africa jointly agreed that funding remains critical to driving Local Content in Africa.
“This was even as the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote made the recommendation for the establishment of the Africa Energy Bank.
“Similarly, at the second edition of the African Local Content Roundtable which was held by the sidelines of the 8th African Petroleum Congress and Exhibition (CAPE VIII) in Luanda, Angola, between May 16 & 19, 2022.
“Local Content drivers in Africa advocated a robust approach to foster more home-grown sustainable technology solutions and drive deliberate investment in Research & Development, with the focus on building a more realistic economic framework for sustainability and professional capacity across the African continent.
“The event is facilitated by Heritage Times HT,” the statement read.