By Gabriel-Eddie Njoroge

Kenya is endeavoring to place itself as a major player in the oil producing industry. This is more evident with it hosting a spate of events focusing on oil production in the coming months.

Recently, Kenya won the rights to host 2019’s annual Sub-Sahara Africa Upstream Oil and Summit Exhibition which offers a platform for government leaders, industry leaders and industry practitioners to share their experiences and to come up with ways to advance best practices.

This will be the fifth edition of the summit and will be held at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi from the 24th to the 26th of July and is overseen and organized by the ZPT Group from the U.K. with offices in various African countries.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Summit Mr. David Ayoola stated that they were happy and elated to have the forum held in the East African region for the first time since the inception of the summit in 2014. Kenya was granted this opportunity to host the summit due to its recent discovery of oil in the Turkana region.

This summit will grant exposure to the country as a desirable oil, gas and energy investment destination and will feature keynote presentations from various personalities such as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and other industrialists and players in the industry.

Also in the same week, the 8th Oil and Gas Africa 2019 Conference will be taking place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi from the 25th to the 27th July. This also will attract over 250 delegates with support from the ministry.

Some of the topics to be discussed will be outlining why Kenya is the investment opportunity of choice in East Africa, providing Government priorities relating to the Oil & Gas industry to provide insight into opportunities available in the future, defining the crucial steps & role of the Oil & Gas sector to ensure the efficient development of East Africa, Africa’s Oil Boom: Investment Opportunities in East Africa’s Emerging Oil & Gas Markets and many more.

Among those urged to attend are local and international Oil and Gas companies, pipeline equipment manufacturers and suppliers, engineering and contracting companies, logistic companies, fund managers, brokers, financial and industry analysts, multilateral agencies and regulatory authorities and oil and gas traders. This will offer an unrivalled opportunity for networking among industry peers while discussing and defining the future of the East African oil and gas industry.

The speakers at the conference will come from government ministries and organizations, associations, industry experts and oil companies both local and international. They will cover subjects such as oil production, country and regional market potential, projects and partnerships and collaborations.

All these activities indicate Kenya’s growing stature and presence in the oil industry as they prepare to start oil production in the near future.