By Hilary Mare
WHEN Ndapwilapo Selma Shimutwikeni, Managing Director of Rich Africa Consultancy and founder of the Oil & Gas Conferenceand Exhibition conceived the concept to create a market place for ideas aimed at enriching Namibia by way of establishing solid foundations for the management and sustainable development of Namibia’s petroleum and energy sectors, a couple of years ago, it could have sounded like a task far from possible.
In essence, the second edition of the Oil and Gas conference held in the capital last week showcased excellence on all fronts from the quality of the presentations, the compactness of the information sessions to the quality of the presentations line-up made up of high profile individuals of strategic importance to the cause.
With Tullow Oil, Shell, Repsol, OMV, Murphy Luderitz Oil Company, Pancontinental Namibia, NamPower, PWC and Namcorall digging deep in their pockets to sponsor the thought leadership conference that had kept stakeholder salivating for two years, having Bridgette Radebe President of the South African Mining Development Association and Chairperson of MMAKAU Mining teamed up with the Minister of Mines and Energy, Isak Katali as well as the Minister of Trade and Industry Calle Schlettwein as headlining speakers provided a cutting to the dialogue and may have gone a long way in laying bare pertinent issues pivotal for attracting investment in the subjective sectors.
With the organisers of the event having done well and virtually played their part, it is vital to emphasise that the challenge to harness the natural resources endowment is a national plight that needs a holistic approach in which all industry stakeholders need to play a role. With the country experiencing more challenges on the electricity production arena, it is vital that Namibia now than ever before, looks at a full blown attempt to harvest from the other sources of energy.
International Oil and Gas conferences such as our very own by Rich Africa warrant more support from various stakeholder. They present a chance for Namibia to grow an area which has been given less priority over the years and therefore increased participation as well is pivotal for the survival of such intelligent initiatives. With a vast number of investors and international guests, the platform also presents probably the only chance in which challenges in the petroleum energy sector can be widely addressed with impetus given to resolutions and plotting the way forward.
As we calmly wait for the next edition, stakeholders must start thinking on how they can make significant impact driven contributions to such causes that provide the utmost hope in the quest for sustainable development within the sector.
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