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Equa G to Host First GECF Summit in Africa

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, is on a visit to Doha where he met with Dr. Yury Sentyurin, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). The meeting was in anticipation of Equatorial Guinea hosting the GECF’s 5th Gas Summit and 2nd International Gas Seminar in November.

The GECF summit will be the first held on African soil, and is part of Equatorial Guinea’s Year of Energy which already saw the APPO Cape VII Congress & Exhibition conclude in early April.

Lima also delivered an official invitation from President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to His Highness the emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani to join the historic event in Malabo.

The hosting by Equatorial Guinea of the GECF’s summit comes at a time when the country is leading Africa’s gas revolution and when the continent gets ready to welcome new global LNG exporters like Mozambique and Senegal.

As Equatorial Guinea hosts the GECF Summit, the Forum’s African family is also growing and welcomed last year Angola as its newest member and Africa’s sixth after Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. The upcoming gathering of officials from GECF member countries next November is expected to provide a boost to international gas cooperation while putting a highlight on the potential of Africa’s gas sector.