Along with Angolan, Congolese and Equatoguinean oil ministers, Mohammed Barkindo, OPEC general secretary, has confirmed his presence at African Energy Week (AEW), set to take place from 9-12 November 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa
HE Diamantino Azevedo of Angola, HE Bruno Itoua of the Congo and HE Gabriel Obiang Lima of Equatorial Guinea, namely the industry leaders of the second, third and fifth biggest of oil producers in sub-Saharan Africa, have also just confirmed their presence at the African Energy Chamber’s first pan-African event.
Committed to organising a pan-African energy event in 2021 on African soil, the AEW promises to be the definitive venue of the year for energy leaders from across the continent to gather and discuss the future of the continent’s oil industry, the paths and solutions for Africa’s energy transition and the promotion of further sector cooperation amongst the continent’s biggest energy players.
AEW comes at a crucial time for the continent’s energy sector as the place of oil production in Africa’s economy is at the centre of heated debates, a post-Covid-19 recovery is underway and the narrative of the energy transition continues to dominate news cycles.
The early confirmations of the presences of such high-level figures of the African and the globe’s energy landscape is expressive of how much weight is being put on this novel initiative, which threatens to rearrange the African energy event calendar for good.