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International Conference on the Future of National Gas in Africa

Libreville, Gabon - 4-5 June 2009
Begins:   Jun 04, 2009 
Ends:   Apr 05, 2009 


The development of the natural gas industry in Africa has seen important developments in recent years and the major investments in this highly strategic sector are to make Africa a major player on the gas market for years to come. This 2-day conference aims at gathering high-level representatives from 16 African oil and gas producing countries which will include representatives of Ministries of Finance, Ministries of Hydrocarbons, executives from the upstream natural gas industry as well as leading civil society figures and energy companies’ executives.

Conference information

This conference is bringing together significant expertise on the cutting edge of natural gas development strategies. National authorities, Energy companies, LNG representatives, GTL developers, but all small to large scale industries utilizing natural gas as a clean energy can find added value in the program.


The conference will cover the prospects and technical issues facing the natural gas industries in sub-Saharan Africa, i.e. from upstream to end users plans. A major factor will be the development of a sound regulatory, fiscal and legal framework adapted to the gas sector. The overriding priority for the export valorization of natural gas in sub-Saharan Africa has been so far Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) but domestic gas utilization is becoming an important element of the social, industrial and environmental aspects of the development of emerging countries. The Global Gas Flaring Reduction Initiative will detail the barriers to gas flaring reduction projects implementation in sub-Saharan Africa. Additional emphasis will be given to the benefits of regional co-operation between sub-Saharan countries. The overarching theme will be the sustainable development of the gas industry taking into account environmental and governance concerns.
Read full agenda here >> (subject to change) [PDF]


The conference will be held at the  Hotel Laïco Okoume Palace which is 5 km from the Libreville international airport and near the city centre. The hotel is located on the seafront; it has multiple conference rooms, a restaurant, a swimming pool as well as a business center with internet service. For the duration of the conference, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be made available at the conference venue. Participants who wish to do so may also make their own arrangements at their own expenses.

Other area hotels:

  • Hotel Meridien ReNdama

Registration process

If you received an invitation letter, kindly follow the instructions on the letter to register for the conference.

If you didn’t receive an invitation yet would like to register please contact Steve Stoop (details below)

Travel-Related Issues

Participants may fly into the “Aéroport International Leon Mba in Libreville”. Transportation from the airport to the hotel will be arranged by a hotel shuttle. Taxis are also available at the airport for travel to area hotels.

Visa Requirements

  • Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, with at least one blank visa page available for visa stamp(s).
  • Two visa application forms per applicant properly completed and signed.
  • Two recent 2 x 2 passport type photographs in color, front view
  • Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or travel agency or copy of airline tickets.
  • International certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever
  • Invitation Letter

List of Gabonese embassies around the world  [PDF]


General inquiries should be directed to Steve Stoop at the World Bank Country Office in Gabon :
Tel: 241- 73 81 71
Fax: 241 73 81


  • Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR)
  • French Cooperation
  • World Bank

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