Niger Delta/Gulf of Guinea Oil and Gas Summit


The UCLA African Studies Center, UCLA Globalization Research Center-Africa, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Africa-USA International Chamber of Commerce and Industry invite you to be part of a special program on the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.


Thursday, September 21, 2006
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Anderson School of Management
Korn Auditorium
Enter Westwood and Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Niger Delta/Gulf of Guinea Oil and Gas Summit will feature stakeholders discussing the oil and gas sector in the Niger Delta and Gulf of Guinea regions. The program aims to explore various issues with the oil and gas extractive industry as well as discuss approaches to balancing the needs of communities, the environment, the industry and government. Discussions will highlight development opportunities, challenges and potential pitfalls in the oil and gas industry in the region.

Nigeria is the sixth largest, and Africa's biggest, producer of petroleum. Nigeria's proven oil reserves are estimated to be at 25 billion barrels, natural gas reserves are well over 100 trillion cubic feet, and in 2003, its crude oil production was averaging around 2.2 million barrels per day. The U.S. remains Nigeria's largest customer for crude oil, accounting for 11% of overall U.S. oil imports, and 40% of the country total oil exports, and ranks as the fifth-largest source for U.S. imported oil. Most of this oil comes from the Niger Delta region, which accounts for 75% of Nigeria’s export earning, where some 2 million barrels are extracted daily. Much of the natural gas extracted in oil wells in the Delta is immediately burned, or flared, into the air at a rate of approximately 2.5 billion cubic feet per day, which is equivalent to 40% of African natural gas consumption.

Planned Schedule:

1:00 PM -- Welcome and opening
Ronald Rogowski - Vice Provost International Institute
Allen Roberts - Director African Studies Center
Robert Spich - Center for International Business Education, Anderson School of Management
Edmond Keller - Director Globalization Research Center-Africa
Reuben Jaja - Chairman, Africa-USA Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AfUSA)

1:30 PM -- Panel I
Chair/Moderator - Andrew Apter, Professor Department of History
Dr. Anthony Duru - Senatorial Representative, Niger Delta Senatorial District
Professor Tetteh Kofi - Univ. of San Francisco Dept of Economics
Mohammed Yamah - Attorney, Niger Delta Civil and Human Rights Advocates

3 PM -- Panel II
Chair/Moderator - Edmond Keller, Director Globalization Research Center
Margaret Vogt - Deputy Director, Africa II Division - U.N. Dept. of Political Affairs
Bobby Hines - Head Africa Team, United States Department of Commerce Foreign Commercial Service
Fred Smith - Manager, Integrated Defense Systems The Boeing Company
Jimmy Williams - Africa Practice Unit, The Law Offices Of Burnham Brown

4:30 PM -- Closing
Allen Roberts - Director African Studies Center
Robert Spich - Center for International Business Education, Anderson School of Management

5:00 PM -- Reception - Fowler Museum Courtyard
Come and enjoy some delicious refreshments and take a tour of the exhibitions at the Fowler Museum, including Liminal Spaces: Photographs of Morocco by Rose-Lynn Fisher, on view in the Goldenberg Galleria.  This exhibition features forty-eight black-and-white images by Rose-Lynn Fisher exploring the theme of liminality in social and physical spaces, the experience of desert and urban dwelling, and the Jewish and Muslim cultures in Morocco.


Cost : free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 4 for $8 (mention Niger Delta Summit)

For more information please contact:

African Studies CenterTel: 310-825-3686

africa@international.ucla.edu


www.international.ucla.edu/africa


Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Globalization Research Center - Africa, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Africa-USA International Chamber of Commerce and Industry.