Africa Oil & Power to Honor Senegal President as “Africa Oil Man of the Year”

  • Africa Oil & Power will present the award
    to H.E. Macky Sall at its annual conference in Cape Town
  • H.E. Macky Sall is renowned for his efforts
    to revive Senegal's economy and create an attractive market for oil and gas
  • H.E. Macky Sall will provide a keynote
    address at Africa Oil & Power 2019


2019 - H.E. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, will be bestowed with the prestigious "Africa
Oil Man of the Year" award during the Africa Oil & Power conference, to be
hosted October 9-11, 2019 in Cape Town. The President will be presented the
award during the conference, during which he will also present the keynote


Senegal is a global hotspot for oil and gas
discoveries -- well-known as the place in Africa to make major oil and gas
finds, due in large part to a decades-long campaign by Sall to improve transparency,
create an attractive investment environment and spark new growth.


"As African countries across the continent
aim to spur growth and diversify economically, Senegal is a prime example of a
country making energy work -- creating an enabling environment for business to
succeed, attracting huge international investments, while providing for a
strong local capacity and downstream investment options," said Guillaume Doane,
CEO of Africa Oil & Power. " H.E. Macky Sall is one of Africa's top
leaders, not just in oil and gas, but as an advocate for overall economic
success. We are honored to present him this award."


Sall first worked as the CEO of Petrosen from
2000 -- 2001, before becoming the country's Minister of Mines Energy and
Hydraulics in 2001. After a long political career in Senegal, Sall was elected
president of Senegal in 2012, and pushed through a series of reforms to revive
Senegal's economy and attract international investors.


"In a continent where border disputes have
held back the development of offshore resources, President Macky Sall insists
on a more productive outcome. He worked with his counterpart of Mauritania,
H.E. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, to secure an agreement to jointly develop
offshore resources for the mutual benefit of both countries" said Jude Kearney,
former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries and Finance at the
U.S. Department of Commerce during the Clinton Administration and currently
President of Kearney Africa Advisors.


This form of agreement represents the best
practice for the development of cross-border resources, and in this particular
case is based on the landmark Frigg Agreement of 1976 between the UK and
Norway. That case showed that when leaders work together resources can be
developed peacefully to benefit the people of both nations.


"The agreement between Mauritania and Senegal
paved the way for the development of the Tortue field through cross-border
unitisation, with a 50%-50% initial split of costs, production, and revenue, as
well as a mechanism for future equity redeterminations based on field
performance. It takes leadership, vision and foresight to get this done".
Continued Kearney.

Today, Senegal has one of the fastest growing
economies in the world, and is the fastest growing economy in West Africa. Sall
has closely guided the development two multi-billion dollar oil projects off
the coast of Senegal -- the world-class SNE oilfield and the Greater Tortue/Ahmeyim gas project. The
Greater Tortue project reached FID in December of 2018, and has already awarded
several initial contracts, including the EPCIC contract for the development of
the needed FPSO to Technip for an estimated $500 million to $1billion. The SNE
oilfield is expected to reach FID this year. Both projects are scheduled to
start producing export revenues in the early 2020s.


To ensure the country's new oil revenue will directly benefit
the country, Sall advocated for a new hydrocarbons code, which was approved by
the national assembly this year, and he also created the agency Cos-Petrogaz to
oversee the oil and gas sector and issue licenses. Other reforms aimed at
promoting transparency included limiting the presidential terms from seven
years to five years, to be renewed once, and launching the Emerging Senegal
Plan in 2014, which provides detailed planning for Senegal's continued social and
economic development.


The fourth annual Africa Oil & Power, to be held from
Oct. 9-11 in Cape Town, has a theme of "Make Energy Work" that will focus on
how oil, gas and power can generate greater opportunities for the people of
African nations and stimulate sustainable economic growth.

Africa Oil & Power industry leaders will celebrate
Sall's notable achievements and spark conversations on Making Energy Work
throughout the continent.

The last recipient of this award was OPEC Secretary General,
H.E Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo . H.E. Barkindo guided OPEC through one of its most turbulent periods,
with a sustained oil price decline and a loss in global market share. He is
credited with restoring market stability on a global scale through the landmark
deal between OPEC and non-OPEC members to cut oil production.

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