ICC YAF: Challenges & Opportunities in the African Oil & Gas Industry

22 Apr 2022

Online and Douala French/English (simultaneous translation)
08.30 (GMT) | 09.30 (WAT) | 10.30 (CEST)

Join us for this exciting look into the challenges and the opportunities of the oil and gas sector in Africa!

The Conference will take an in-depth look into lessons learnt from Africa’s over six decades of experience in the Oil and Gas industry and the role of arbitration. Focus will include new opportunities such as local content promotion, energy transition and legal innovations. The Conference will also address challenges including climate change disputes, project financing issues, and navigating regulations.

This is a must-attend for seasoned and young arbitration practitioners with interest in African oil and gas disputes, in-house counsel, executives in oil and gas companies and stakeholders in the public sector and civil society.

*WAT Time Zone

08:45-09:30

Registration

09:30-09:45

Welcome Address

  • Aicha Mane, ICC YAF Representative, President, Cornerstone Conseils, Dakar
  • Perrial Jean Nyodog, Chair, ICC Cameroon, Douala
  • Pr. Henri Modi Koko, ICC Cameroon, Douala

09:45-10:00

Keynote Address

  • Dr. Gaston Kenfack DouajniPresident, Association for the Promotion of Arbitration in Africa (APAA), Yaoundé

10:00-11:00

The Scope and Nature of Disputes in the African Oil and Gas Sector

  • Diamana Diawara, Director, ICC Arbitration and ADR, Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Foluke Akinmoladun, Managing Solicitor, Trizon Law, Lagos
  • Stephane Essaga, Principal Taxation Inspector, Cameroon Taxation Administration; Expert in Tax Disputes in the Oil and Gas Sector, Douala
Moderator:
  • Dr. Sylvie Bebohi, Managing Partner, HBE Lawyers, Douala

11:00-11:50

The Reforms of the African Oil and Gas Industry

  • Dr. Gaston Kenfack Douajni
  • Emmanuella Senlong, Legal Officer, Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, Lagos
  • Nosa Osazuwa, Partner, ENR Advisory, Lagos
Moderator:
  • Julius Nkafu, Barrister, Great James Street Chambers, London

11:50-12:00

Coffee and Tea break

12:00-13:00

The Role of Local Content Boards and Development Community Agreements

  • Dr. Achille Ngwanza, Managing Partner, Jus Africa, Douala; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Pierre Daureu, Counsel, Alfredo de Jesùs O., Paris
  • Stephanie Pouhe, Energy Consultant, Yaoundé
Moderator:
  • Perrial Jean Nyodog, Chair, ICC Cameroon, Douala

13:00-14:30

Lunch Break

14:30-15:45

Climate Change Disputes and the Oil and Gas Industry in Africa

  • Eliseo Castineira, Founder, Castineira Law, Paris
  • Dr. Victoria Nalule, CEO and Lead consultant, Nalule Energy & Minerals Consultants, London

Moderator:

  • Sopi Patricia Kakou, Founder, Ahead Law, Douala

15:45-17:00

Risks and Opportunities in the African Region

  • Patience Mapoko, General Counsel, COTCO; President and Co-founder, Association of Cameroon Corporate Counsels – ACJE, Douala
  • James Mendos, Chief Legal Officer, Nigerian National Petrouleum Corporation, Abuja
  • Edouard Joseph Essono, Tax Attorney, Essono Consultant Office ECO, Douala
Moderator:
  • Aurélie Chazai, Partner, Chazai Wamba Law, Douala

17:00-17:15

Final remarks

  • Perenami Momodu, ICC YAF Representative for Africa
  • Marx Ikgonbeh, ICC YAF Representative for Africa

17:30

Cocktail

Foluke Akinmoladun

Managing Solicitor, Trizon Law, Lagos

Sylvie Bebohi

Managing Partner, HBE Lawyers, Douala

Eliseo Castineira

Founder, Castineira Law, Paris

Aurélie Chazai

Partner, Chazai Wamba Law, Douala

Pierre Daureu

Counsel, Alfredo de Jesùs O., Paris

Diamana Diawara

Director, ICC Arbitration and ADR, Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Stephane Essaga

Principal Taxation Inspector, Cameroon Taxation Administration; Expert in Tax Disputes in the Oil and Gas Sector, Douala

Edouard Joseph Essono

Tax Attorney, Essono Consultant Office ECO, Douala

Gaston Kenfack Douajni

President, Association for the Promotion of Arbitration in Africa (APAA), Yaoundé

Sopi Patricia Kakou

Founder, Ahead Law, Douala

Patience Mapoko

General Counsel, COTCO; President and Co-founder, Association of Cameroon Corporate Counsels – ACJE, Douala

James Mendos

Chief Legal Officer, Nigerian National Petrouleum Corporation,

Henri Modi Koko

ICC Cameroon, Douala

Victoria Nalule

CEO and Lead consultant, Nalule Energy & Minerals Consultants, London

Achille Ngwanza

Managing Partner, Jus Africa, Douala; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Julius Nkafu

Barrister, Great James Street Chambers, London

Perrial Jean Nyodog

Chair, ICC Cameroon, Douala

Achille Ngwanza

Managing Partner, Jus Africa, Douala; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Charles Nwachukwu

Chief Legal Officer, Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, Lagos

Nosa Osazuwa

Partner, ENR Advisory, Lagos

Stephanie Pouhe

Energy Consultant, Yaoundé

Emmanuella Senlong

Legal Officer, Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, Lagos

Date and venue

22 April 2022

Akwa Palace

920 Bd de la Liberté

Douala, Cameroon

Tel. : +237 2 33 42 26 01

Working language French/English (simultaneous translation)
Registration Free of charge

For further information, please contact:

Aicha Mane

ICC YAF Representative for Africa

Perenami Momodu

ICC YAF Representative for Africa

Marx Ikgonbeh

ICC YAF Representative for Africa

Organiser

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