The delegation comprised six members include Board and senior management team of the GNPC and Ministry of Foreign Affairs was led by staff the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy conducted a study tour from the 13th to 16th January 2020.
The purpose of the visit is to make the GNPC a world class National Oil Corporation and manage properly the various cycles of the petroleum value chain, with an urgent changed mindset. It is also aimed at building the capacity of both the Management and Technical staff and restructure various segments of the Corporation by capacitizing all relevant stakeholders in preparation for one of the most critical stages of Oil and Gas activities in The Gambia. Additionally, the visit also intends to develop research informed programs, projects and initiatives for effective execution of the corporation’s mandate.
The delegation had analyzed GNPC’s relevant factors into account, including economic, technical and programming considerations for a better performance to the highest standard.
Mr. Bakary K. Jammeh, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors GNPC and Head of the Delegation, thanked the PETRONAS Management for the warm welcome. He explained the purpose of the visit and highlighted the Board and Management’s desire to make the GNPC a world class NOC. Mr. Jammeh spoke about the specific objectives of the Board which includes restructuring the Corporation and building the capacity of its staff. “We wish to be ready and rise to the challenges on manning all aspects of the Petroleum Value Chain” he says.
The delegation was exposed to the lessons and success story of PETRONAS owned institution. One of the institutions, INSTEP, informed the delegation of their plans to GNPC obtain scholarships from the government of Malaysia. The process of having these scholarships, however, must go through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Isatou Auber-Faal Signs MoU on behave of MoPE with INSTEP
The delegation signed three Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with three PETRONAS-owned institutions namely Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP), Malaysian Maritime Academy (ALAM), and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). The signing of the MoU is a turning point for the GNPC Corporation as it will enhance its capacity in preparation for upstream activities, said Mr Jammeh. The institutions also pledged to collaborate with GNPC in its quest to prepare for proper execution of its mandate in the Oil and Gas sector.
Background of the visit
Earlier, the GNPC proposed to have Memorandum of Understanding with other sister NOCs. This strategic vision necessitates the visit to Petronas and sign MoU with Petronas-owned Institutions to leverage the huge knowledge and operational excellence Petronas developed over time. Petronas agreed to receive a delegation from the Gambia thus a team comprising representatives from Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and GNPC was set up to visit Malaysia so as to hold further discussions with Petronas and relevant institutions owned by Petronas on the draft MoU.
Delegate exchanges signed MoU which offers free scholarship for GNPC staff
The delegation recommended to the management of GNPC to develop an appropriate and comprehensive training need & implementation plan for the Corporation to be approved by the Board; and to send at least five (5) or ten (10) senior management staff (including Board members) for short term training so that they would fully understand how the upstream sector of the Petroleum industry chain operates at INSTEP/CAPE. It also recommends sending students to study long-term upstream related courses such as Geoscience, Petroleum Engineering, amongst others. The institutions like UTP will follow suit as the sector grows in The Gambia particularly after discovery. The sign MoU will not only be limited to the upstream, but will expand to the PETRONAS production distribution in The Gambia and the region.