Africa CEO Forum

Governor Dickson was yesterday 26th of March, at the 6th edition of the Africa CEO Forum in Abidjan, promoting investment opportunities in the new Bayelsa Eco-industrial city, and the abundance of natural gas in the region. The topic of discuss was Gas, A $2000BN opportunity.

The governor highlighted the fact that Bayelsa is safe, peaceful, stable and prepared for investors from across the globe. He emphasised the fact that the enabling environment for business has been provide by his government as massive land for which compensations have been paid for have been acquired and designated for the Bayelsa Eco-industrial Park.

This implies that investors no longer need to go through the rigour of searching for land. He also stated that the relevant policies have been put in place to safeguard investors and their investments. Governor Dickson further assured his audience that the appropriate stakeholders have been engaged to stand as intermediaries between the hosting communities and the investors.

“Bayelsa State produces over 40% of the gas produced in Nigeria so we have gas in abundance. We have already commenced the siting of mini power plants close in proximity to the source of the gas so we need investors to take advantage of this huge opportunity.”

Participants at the event include Emmerson Mnangagwa(president of Zimbabwe), Nana Akufo-Addo (president of Ghana), Alassane Ouattara (President of cote d’ivoire). Others are Stephanie von friederberg, Chieif operating officer, IFC, Akinwumi Adesina, President of Africa Development Bank, Paul Polman, CEO Unilever, Thierry Tanoh, minister of Petroleum, Energy Development Cote d’Ivoire, Guido Brusco, Executive Vice-president sub-saharan Africa Region, Eni and many others

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