150 companies, 4 Heads of State among those confirmed for Feb inaugural energy conference
– diplomats, oil & gas executives among feature speakers
As many as 150 companies and four Heads of State from the region and as far as Africa, are confirmed for attendance at the upcoming International Energy Conference Expo Guyana 2022 (IECEG), scheduled to take place in Georgetown, Guyana next month.
This was confirmed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the event, Angenie Abel, in an interview with this publication on Sunday. She explained that among the Heads of State confirmed for the event are President Dr Irfaan Ali of Guyana, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Suriname President Chan Santokhi and Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
“Some of the people we do have are corporate sponsors with booths, including Exxon, GTT, Baker Hughes, Banks, SBM Offshore, CGX, JHI, Gaico, Sol. And all of those sponsors are also exhibitors. We have the Tourism Authority. Petrocom, which is from Ghana. We have companies out of China and Australia. We also have a company from Sweden.”
However, in addition, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo and a few Government Ministers including Natural Resources Minister Vickram Bharrat and Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd are expected to make presentations.
Other featured speakers will include Prime Minister, Brigadier (retired) Mark Phillips; ExxonMobil Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Darren Woods; former CEO of BP Group Robert Dudley; United States (US) Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch and United Kingdom High Commissioner to Guyana Jane Miller.
The International Energy Conference Expo is intended to act as a forum to promote, strengthen, and enhance local content, which is an integral component for oil and gas development in Guyana.
It is expected that the International Energy Conference Expo will showcase Guyana as the oil and gas investment destination, create and build effective industry relationships, provide the medium for local businesses to access collateral and joint ventures, which is in keeping with the goals and objective of the Local Content Policy.
The registration portal for the conference and expo can be found on the IECEG’s website, www.guyanaenergy.gy.
Last year, the Government of Guyana through Natural Resources Minister Bharrat had declared the Government’s full support for the International Energy Conference and Expo, describing it as a chance for Guyana and its limitless investment opportunities to be put in the spotlight.
In a statement of support for the expo, which is to be held from February 15 to 18, 2022 at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC), the Minister noted that the Government would even be using the expo to highlight its complement of spin-off oil and gas investments and forthcoming national infrastructural projects planned for the short to medium term.
The theme of the conference is “Charting a Sustainable Energy Future”. According to the Minister, this theme is appropriate, since it is in keeping with the vision of the Government of Guyana. Hence, he had said, it is against this backdrop that the Natural Resources Ministry and the Government of Guyana welcomed the expo.