getenergy for Western Africa 2010 was hosted by the University of Ghana in Accra. The event set out to link key representatives from Government, the oil and gas industry from across the region with regional and international training and education providers.
We were delighted with the results of this meeting and with the support we received not only from the Ghanaian Government’s Ministry of Energy but also with governments from across the region. In particular the Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, Angola and Equatorial Guinea all made positive contributions to the discussions and to the meetings which occurred during the event.
One of the main areas which was raised both directly and indirectly was the issue of funding to enable Western African Universities to incorporate the latest training and education technology, simulations and e-learning modules from international education and training providers into their existing degree and diploma programmes. This, it was widely agreed, would not only be a powerful business development initiative for the providers, but, more importantly would short cut some of the time it takes to prepare students for the work they will ultimately be required to do for companies.
Sponsors for the event who enabled Ghanaian and international universities to participate included; Tullow Ghana, Kosmos Energy and Baker Hughes. Delegates came from as far afield as Korea and Trinidad and Tobago indicating the range of interest held in the training and education marketplace in western Africa.
Tullow Ghana’s presentation was of particular value to delegates who appreciated the openness and frankness with which the opportunities were outlined and the ability of the presenter to engage and respond to audience questions. getenergy received a number of comments from delegates and exhibitors praising the timing of the event and also commenting that the western Africa region is of significant interest such that future events covering multiple countries would continue to be of value.
getenergy wishes to thank most sincerely the Vice Chancellor and his team of the University of Ghana and in particular Professor David Atta Peters whose support in the run up to the event undoubtedly made the meeting possible.
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