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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Industry conferences, summits, conventions

With a burgeoning energy industry especially in the oil and gas sector in Eastern Africa, the number of conferences/summits that seek to bring stakeholders together to disseminate the latest news, learn the newest trends and purvey current information are on the rise.

These conferences give an opportunity for industry players to network, advertise their goods and services to the sector & media.

However, what is the impact of these conferences, who benefits most from them and what is their tangible intrinsic value to those who participate? The delegate’s fee for an individual at these conferences is anywhere upward of US$1300 per person. Sponsorship fees range above USD 10,000 allowing corporate participants visibility.

The East African Community (EAC) has in the past advertised a consultancy tender to evaluate the impact of East African Petroleum Conferences. After all is said and done going by the increase of these conferences, their relevance cannot be underestimated and here are my top picks in terms of the upcoming conferences in the next 3 months.

My favourite conferences in no particular order:

3rd Annual Africa GAS & LNG Summit 2012
4th & 5th September 2012
Maputo, Mozambique

The East Africa Oil & Gas Summit 2012 
13th & 14th November 2012
The Hotel Intercontinental 
Nairobi, Kenya
East Africa Oil & Gas Summit 2012 
15th & 16th November 2012
Nairobi, Kenya

East Africa Gas Forum
5th – 7th September 2012
Dar es Salam, Tanzania

East African Power Industry Convention
10th – 13th September 2012
Dar es Salam, Tanzania

Tanzania Mining,Energy/Oil & Gas and Infrastructure Indaba.
24th - 26th October 2012
Arusha International conference centre, Tanzania

1st East Africa Upstream Summit 2012
25 -26th October 2012
Nairobi, Kenya