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ARDA to collaborate with OPEC, others to promote intra-African oil and gas industry – Dr. Abdul-Hamid

Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, President of the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) has repeated their commitment to work with Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other organisations to deliver a sustainable oil and...


Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, President of the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) has repeated their commitment to work with Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other organisations to deliver a sustainable oil and gas industry.

He also mentioned other collaborators as African Petroleum Producers’ Organization (APPO) and the African Union Commission (AUC).

He said the industry would be focused on delivering cleaner fuels and value-added petroleum products via a lower-carbon footprint.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid was speaking as a co-Chairman at the third High-Level Meeting of the OPEC-Africa Energy Dialogue held on 19th February, 2024, in Cairo, Egypt.

The Meeting was co-chaired by Haitham Al Ghais, Secretary General of the OPEC, Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the AUC, and Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, Secretary General of APPO.

Building on the successful meetings held in 2021 and 2023, participants conducted open and transparent discussions on a wi
de array of key topics related to energy and oil, including energy security, risk of underinvestment, climate change, and energy transitions.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid also shared ARDA’s objective of developing a consolidated register of investable energy infrastructure projects that would be shared at the first-ever ARDA Investment Forum to be held during the 2024 ARDA Week in Cape Town from 22-26 April 2024.

He also looked forward to working with APPO to support the successful take-off of the Africa Energy Bank (AEB) this year and providing bankable downstream projects for the laudable AEB initiative in the drive to meet Africa’s growing petroleum products demand sustainably.

He congratulated OPEC for its continued leadership in promoting the OPEC-Africa Energy Dialogue.

In his remarks, Al Ghais indicated that dialogue with Africa was a key pillar in OPEC’s global energy dialogue programme, which included many other key regions, countries, and international organizations. ‘We at OPEC firmly believe that cooperati
on and dialogue among all energy stakeholders are absolutely essential factors in effectively addressing our common energy challenges’, he said.

He noted that in terms of climate change and energy transitions, developing countries around the world, including those in Africa, continued to balance priorities between the dire need to support the development of their national economies, while also adapting to ever-shifting dynamics related to climate change.

For his part, Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid stressed the need to consider Africa’s context as analysis shows that the African Energy demand could increase by 30% -compared to 10% in global energy demand by 2040.

Dr. Farouk updated the Meeting on the progress towards establishing the Africa Energy Bank (AEB), noting that the APPO Ministerial Council had approved the take-off of the Bank in the First half of 2024.

The AEB aims to fill the gap arising from restrictions on funding oil and gas projects, particularly in Africa.

They concluded the event by underscoring t
he key role that Africa was set to play in the energy industry, in general, and the oil industry, in particular, in the years and decades ahead.

They also highlighted the importance and benefits of fostering the ongoing cooperation between OPEC and the African energy organizations, especially through the OPEC-Africa Energy Dialogue framework, and decided to hold the 4th High-Level Meeting of the OPEC-Africa Energy Dialogue in 2025.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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