African Stakeholders Eye Global Standards for Continent’s Petroleum Sector Ahead of October Summit in Cape Town

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African stakeholders have set their sights on international standards that will help develop the continent’s petroleum sector ahead of a high profile summit in Cape Town slated for October of this year.

The African Energy Chamber, the voice of the continent’s energy sector, is collaborating with the Institute for Petroleum Development at the University of Austin, Texas, to bring its comprehensive international training program to Cape Town on October 14th, 2019.

Commenting on the move, the Chamber’s representatives said the organisation is dedicated to developing strong local skills and capacities across Africa’s energy value chain.

This International Petroleum Management Program (IPMP) is an industry reference and has been specially designed for leaders of international oil companies, national oil companies, services companies, law firms and government agencies in addition to individuals with background in engineering, economics, geology, finance, law, accounting and corporate planning.

It is based on the internationally-renowned course delivered by Prof. Krishan A. Malik, and is a result of over three decades of experience and training, which has been delivered to over 250 CEO’s and leaders of national and international oil companies, government officials, private and public institutions from the four corners of the globe.

“The oil and gas industry is the backbone of most African economies and will continue to be for a long time. We have an obligation to develop African executives to be competitive with their international counterparts,” said Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman at the Chamber and CEO of the Centurion Law Group.

“The training program will offer a unique opportunity for African executives and dealmakers to receive a training of high quality and international standard, which will ultimately benefit African exploration and production companies, governments and countries in building a robust hydrocarbons sector,” he added.

Alumni of the program have had distinguished careers with ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, China National Offshore Oil Corp, Egyptian General Petroleum Corp, Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, GAZPROM, PETROBRAS, PETRONAS, National Enterprise for Hydrocarbons (Mozambique), National Oil Corporation of Kenya, and Anadarko among others.

This year, registered participants represent companies operating in Algeria, Angola Cameroon, Chad Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Ghana, Namibia, Gabon, Ghana, Libya, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.

“Given the exclusive opportunity of presenting this program on the African continent for the first time, it is all natural that Centurion would be a legal partner of this initiative,” commented Glenda Irvine-Smith, Director of Business Development & International Relations at the Centurion Law Group.

“As a firm we are committed to domestic capacity building and the training of the next generation of African lawyers and leaders. The IPMP is a unique opportunity offered to young African leaders and we are delighted to be part of it,” she concluded.


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