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By Godfrey Olukya   30-4-2013The launching  of the Africa Oil, Gas, Finance and Investment Forum (AOGFI) is to take place on 22nd and 23rd October 2013 in Dubai.

This event is supported by the African Petroleum Producers Association and  Fund for Technical Cooperation. It will reportedly be held at the Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek, United Arab Emirates.

AOGFI will bring together regional and international financial institutions, multilateral financial agencies, private equity, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, national and international oil companies, government and other industry stakeholders to explore effective finance solutions and strategies for unlocking Africa’s oil and gas potential across the value chain, at the same time showcasing major oil and gas investment projects in the region.

The forum will include delegations of the highest rank, from Africa’s seventeen petroleum producing countries namely Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Congo DRC, Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Libya, Mauritania, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Chad and key private sector companies operating in Africa in addition to distinguished participants from international key energy firms and financial entities.

Among the topics to be discussed are market outlook which include impact of the current global economic situation on access to funding for energy projects in Africa. It will also look at strategies for mobilising the financial resources required for the development of the oil & gas industry in Africa.

The role of international financial institutions in financing investment in the African oil and gas Industry Accessing and implementing debt financing solutions to bring assets to production, Capital raising and risk management and  Accessing private capital will also be discussed.

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