The Congress had the participation of extremely high level speakers from around the world and was officially opened by Hon. January Makamba, Minister of Environment, United Republic of Tanzania, on behalf of His Excellency the Prime Minister, KassimMajaliwa.
Hon. January Makamba who stated that “We hope this will become the premier oil and gas event, not just in Tanzania but for the whole of Africa”.
Hon. Dr. MedardKalemani, Minister of Energy, United Republic of Tanzania outlined the vision for Tanzania’s industrialisation powered by oil and gas, saying that “We hope that through discussions that more investors will be attracted to Tanzania”
Ben Ring, Vice President, Government Relations, Sub Saharan Africa & Europe, Shell welcomed delegates to the event, commenting on the theme of the Congress: “Successful projects arise from successful partnerships between government and industry”.
The third session on the East Africa Cude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), explored the strategic importance of the project in developing the region and the industry and how it will create jobs. Beng’issa, Executive Secretary, NEEC spoke about the necessity of local content in Tanzania: “our main role is to facilitate Tanzanians with the capacity to participate in projects“. Beng’issa advocated that the compliance of international companies is key to helping provide opportunities to Tanzania’s local communities.
Miranda Naiman, Founder and Managing Director, Empower moderated the panel discussion on building an investor friendly market in Tanzania; looking at the legal and fiscal framework required by the oil and gas industry, and how local companies can access capital for projects.
Jay Park QC, Managing Partner, Park Energy Law provided an expert’s view on the optimal legal framework required to successfully develop the gas and LNG projects in Tanzania.