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Curtains on 50th Offshore Tech Conference drawn • Ghanaian exhibitors satisfied with level of exposure

By: Charles Benoni Okine, Houston,Texas, Courtesy, Conship
•Ms Boateng (2nd right)  briefing Mr Amewu during his visit
•Ms Boateng (2nd right) briefing Mr Amewu during his visit

Exhibitors at the just ended 50th Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) have described the platform as a unique opportunity that helped to expose their worth to the rest of global players in the oil and gas industry.

They said visitors to the Ghana Pavilion were serious about business, an opportunity they leveraged and expressed the hope that those contacts will materialise in the near future.

The exhibitors said this in an interview with the Graphic Business at the end of the four-day conference which attracted more than 70,000 delegates from all over the world.

The Chief Executive Officer of I-Neema Ghana Limited, Mr Michael Agu, said although there were more visitors to the stand last year as compared to this year, the visitors showed more positivity and ready to do business.

“Our track record made some of the visitors show confidence in us and we will try to leverage every opportunity to ensure that something positive comes out of it as was the case last year.
“We are now the Africa’s representative of a Chinese company and we hope the contacts from this year will also bring something more positive”, he said.

For her part, the External Affairs Manager of Aker Energy, Madam Bernice Sam, said the company was satisfied with the outcome of the conference as far as visitors were concerned.

“We had many showing interest in what we do. Some wanted partnerships, others even wanted to know how they can finance some of our projects and that was really exciting”, she said.

Madam Sam suggested to the organisers to upgrade the pavilion by providing special spaces within the pavilion where there could be mini workshops or seminars for exhibitors to sell their potential to visitors in a more unique way.

The Manager, Legal of Springfield Group, Nana Osei Kofi Addae, also described the opportunity as welcoming because of the amount of visitors that came around to make enquiries.

He said the company was poised to do what he described as ‘big things’ this year and expressed the hope that those who made enquiries will be part of the projects to be undertaken by Springfield in Ghana’s offshore.

The Executive Director of the Ghana Oil and Gas Services Providers Association (GOSPA), Mr Adzemann Nuertey, said our “expectations have been met.”
“Although we did not get the numbers we expected, those who showed up were people who were serious to do business and we are very satisfied with that”.

He said the committee that put the event together will have to sit early this year to plan activities for next year so that the challenges that arose can be overcome to make the process smoother.

Mr Nuertey also described the pavilion concept as ‘fantastic” because it made it easy for visitors to locate all the exhibitors from Ghana in one location.

The Head of Energy at OMA,  Ms Getrude Adwoa Ohene-Asienim and the Managing Director of Destra Energy, Ms Amma Boateng, also expressed delight at the opportunity provided their companies to showcase their worth at the OTC.

According to them, visitors who showed up made a lot of enquiries and expressed the hope that all those enquiries will result in something positive.

They also pledged their commitment to be part of the exhibition next year.