As a demonstration to the pledges made at the maiden edition of the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) held earlier in the year in Abuja, over 20 African oil ministers and various heads of delegation including members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC member countries have confirmed to attend the 2nd edition of the African focus strategic conference and exhibition for the petroleum sector.
The summit is scheduled for January 27 to 30, 2019 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.According to Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, the President of African Petroleum Producers Association (APPO) and doubling as the Nigeria Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS2019) will be Africa’s largest and most definitive platform, not just for Nigeria, but also for Africa to engage the global energy, oil and gas community.
The NIPS2019 will be welcoming estimated 1,000 international attendees and exhibiting country pavilions such as United States of America; Norway; India, Russia; China, among others.
Further highlighting the significant of the petroleum summit, the President of the African Petroleum Producers Association said: “At NIPS2019, we shall be deepening collaboration by having a session to look into the historic agreement and declaration of cooperation between oil producing countries and its present and future impact on the continent increased appetite to energy and power demands.”
The NIPS, an African Petroleum and Business Conference (APTBC), is the official Federal Government of Nigeria industry event and is organised by the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and all its parastatals including the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Content Development Management Board(NCDMB) and Department of Petroleum Resources(DPR), among others.
It would be recalled that the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said at the opening of the NIPS2018, that NIPS was long overdue, and it will henceforth be the most important platform for the industry and ultimate meeting place between key Nigerian and African political decision-makers, government officials as well as directors and specialists from the petroleum ministry, NNPC, African IOCs, multilateral organisations and the academia, including relevant stakeholders, to collaborate at the highest levels for petroleum policy decisions.