Ghana’s Petroleum Commission (PC) is leading a delegation of businesses and journalists from Ghana to participate in the maiden Trade Mission in Aberdeen, Scotland, to make a strong case for Ghanaian oil and gas companies in its bid to position them for better opportunities in the upstream sector, and also provide network avenues for them. It also plans to use the platform to help deepen the understanding of Ghanaian journalists in oil and gas issues.
The trade mission will last five (5) days in the oil capital of Europe, Aberdeen. Amongst the participating corporations in the Trade Mission include The Scottish Development International, Aberdeen-Grampian Chamber of Commerce and the Ghana UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce and over 50 companies from Ghana. A total of six (6) media practitioners in Ghana are also part of the entourage in Aberdeen, Scotland.
At the opening ceremony yesterday Monday 11th June, 2018, the Chief Executive of Petroleum Commission, Mr. Egbert Faibille spoke on areas in the industry where huge opportunities exist.
According to him, areas where opportunities existed in the upstream sector included materials and procurement, well drilling services, exploration, subsurface, petroleum engineering and seismic services, supply and disposal services, information communication technology (ICT), marine operations and logistic services.
The role of the media in this trade mission, according to the PC, is to cover the event, interact with the Scottish media on reporting on oil and gas issues in respective countries, and also to visit the Scottish oil and gas industry to have a fair idea of their operations.
Nana Kwame Bezoro, a Management Member of Skyy Media Group, who is part of the Ghanaian media delegation explained that “It is my aim to learn as much about the upstream oil and gas operations in a matured industry like Scotland and build strong networks with the Scottish media and oil and gas industries. Since Skyy Media Group is the biggest media house in the Western and Central Regions, this would help in our reportage of the oil and gas sector and by extension influence how other media in the regions also report on it.”
Deputy Minister for Energy in charge of Petroleum, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam is the leader of the trade mission.