The Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo will be held from February 18 to 21, 2025 under the theme, ‘Connecting the Dots: Integrating the Future.’ This flagship event is anticipated to attract over 5,000 delegates, feature 180+ booths, and host 70+ distinguished speakers at the Guyana Marriott Hotel.

The theme emphasises the interconnected nature of various elements within the energy sector and the wider supply chain ecosystem. It highlights the necessity of collaboration among stakeholders – including government bodies, industry players, academia, and civil society – to address common challenges and seize shared opportunities.

Given Guyana’s strategic location within the Caribbean region, the theme for this four-day event also highlights the importance of regional integration and fostering closer ties with neighbouring countries in areas such as trade, energy, and infrastructure development.

‘Connecting the Dots: Integrating the Future’ therefore serves as a unifying theme that brings together diverse stakeholders with a shared commitment to shaping a more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive future for Guyana’s energy sector and supply chain ecosystem.

The conference, poised for its fourth installment, will continue its leadership on discussions pertaining to a just energy transition and balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability. Other focus areas include financing sustainable development initiatives, developing a workforce for the future, building resilient supply chains, and promoting the advancement of women in the industry. Given the expanded focus of the conference, panel discussions will also identify investment opportunities in agriculture, tourism and infrastructure projects locally and regionally.

Since its 2021 debut, the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo has established itself as a meaningful platform for connecting industry professionals, government officials, investors, and experts in the energy sector. Participants have benefitted from invaluable engagements with policymakers and regulatory authorities, leading to a deeper understanding of the legal framework, as well as, key development plans.

For exhibitors and participating business professionals, this platform has allowed for products, services, and solutions to be showcased to a targeted audience with opportunities to connect with potential partners for joint ventures, strategic alliances, and project collaborations.

The Secretariat, entrusted with the oversight and execution of the conference, has meticulously crafted its 2025 prospectus for sponsors and exhibitors who wish to not only gain visibility within the industry, but also play a crucial role in shaping the discourse around energy sustainability and supply chain excellence.

For further details regarding the conference and securing your booth at the 2025 event, please reach out to Fareeza Haniff, Media and Operations Director at [email protected] or Kiana Wilburg, Chief Executive Officer at [email protected].

ExxonMobil Guyana Named Title Sponsor for the Third Consecutive Year at the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo 2024

Jan 04, 2024

ExxonMobil Guyana has once again offered its full support for the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo billed for the Marriott Hotel from February 19 – 22, 2024.  

The Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo is delighted to announce ExxonMobil Guyana as the title sponsor for the third consecutive year. As a global leader in the energy sector, ExxonMobil’s support underscores its commitment to advancing dialogue and collaboration in the dynamic landscape of the energy and supply chain industries. 

The Secretariat for the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo is pleased that ExxonMobil Guyana has chosen to be associated with this high-profile event in this capacity.  

Commenting on the sponsorship, President of ExxonMobil Guyana, Alistair Routledge said, “our continued support for this event is an undeniable signal of our commitment to contribute to the robust growth of the local energy sector and sustainable development of Guyana.”  

Kurt Baboolall, Chief Executive Officer of the Conference believes that the company’s participation at this level is testament to the success of the two previous conferences.  

He said, “We are honored to have ExxonMobil Guyana as the title sponsor for the third consecutive year. Their unwavering commitment to our conference underscores the significance of our shared goals in promoting advancements and collaboration within the energy sector.” 

The Conference, to be held under the theme, ‘Fueling Transformation and Modernisation’ is expected to assemble an impressive line-up of industry experts, policymakers and foreign officials to the benefit of local and international entrepreneurs.  

ExxonMobil Guyana will play a pivotal role in shaping discussions, sharing insights, and contributing to the overall success of the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo. The collaboration will provide a platform for the company to showcase its commitment to innovation, people and sustainability.  

The Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo is an annual event that brings together industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss the latest developments, challenges, and opportunities in the energy and supply chain sectors. The conference aims to foster collaboration, innovation, and sustainable practices for the future of the industry. 

Opportunities are available for other companies to offer their support as sponsors in the Platinum, Diamond, Gold and Silver categories.  

While it varies, sponsorship opportunities allow for a wide range of branding and exposure for building network and expanding operations.  

Persons and companies interested in booking any of the sponsorship packages are advised to visit the website www.guyanaenergy.gy  to download and complete the sponsor registration form.  

General delegate registration for the Conference and Expo is also open for in person and virtual participation and persons can do so by also visiting the website before February 10, 2024.  

Exhibitions are hosted simultaneously with the main conference and exhibition packages are available separately for those interested.  

Book your booth or your seat to the conference and benefit from other promotional opportunities TODAY! 

President of Guyana, Dr Irfaan Ali addressing the opening ceremony of the country's second Local Content Summit

Local Content Law has created tremendous value for Guyana; time for our companies to go regional- Pres. Ali

Apr 17, 2024

By Kiana Wilburg

While the promulgation of the Local Content Law has generated nearly US$1 billion in revenues for Guyanese and has given rise to tremendous capacity building, locals must now address their minds to maximizing the value created therein.

This was one of the key messages shared by Guyana’s President, Dr Irfaan Ali on Tuesday.

The Head of State was the keynote speaker at the Local Content Summit held at the Pegasus Suites and Corporate Centre under the theme,’ Creating value. Driving Economic Expansion.’

President Ali noted that the law has been an instrumental tool in securing benefits for Guyanese, noting that it paved the way for 6000 jobs to be created. As a result of the law, he noted that it has generated nearly US$1 billion in revenue since 2021, and for 2024, US$550 million.

The President was keen to note that there have been advances in overcoming challenges, such as long payment periods. He noted that oil companies are required to pay locals within 30 to 45 days. Ali believes this timeline can be further improved in due course.

Some challenges remain a concern. In this regard, the President said fronting or rent-seeking remains a hindrance that has to be addressed. In the interim, he said the Local Content Secretariat has commenced a review of the law with the aim of not only making improvements to the categories of work ringfenced for Guyanese but also plugging any loophole that can be abused.

With critical gains made in local content, Ali said it is clear that tremendous value and capacity have been generated. The President noted, however, that given the sheer scale of investments and services that are needed for the oil sector, locals can no longer hold firm to being a proverbial one-man army.

“When we started on this (local content) journey, we realized that the scale was so large that you can’t have one company doing things. We need partnerships to take on the scale of operations…that is why events such as these are important for networking,” the President said.

To complement the changing business model, Ali said the banking sector must also play a role in being a facilitator of development and growth.

“Banking cannot just be traditional where you just invest in safe proposals and you’re getting interests and good returns as can be seen in your balance sheets and annual reports…This model needs to change where the banks can make investments after analyzing the value of business opportunities and deploy liquidity accordingly,” said Ali.

The President emphasized that commercial banks need to be an impetus for growth and development in the country, especially if local content is to take on new heights. In this regard, the President said local companies must look beyond operating within Guyana’s 83,000 square miles border and go regional.

“How many regional contractors and consultancies are operating here versus those Guyanese operating outside in different parts of the region? As you build your business and benefit from the opportunities that local content now exposes us to, we must push to tap regional markets…,” the Head of State said.

For example, the President said a massive opportunity exists within the region for investments in water distribution. Ali said he made this discovery following a rigorous review of the national budgets for each country in the region. He said in this case, three or four local companies could join forces to not just sell water in Guyana but own 30 to 40 per cent of the distribution line of another nation. Ali said this is the innovative thinking that is needed.

“You have a country that has a brand that is positioning all of us differently but we have to help the brand of being a major oil player. Guyana is our brand…We must celebrate the accomplishments of that brand…Don’t sit here and let the knock-on effect pass you by,” he said.

In conclusion, the President said, “…Let us not make this a complaint forum or just looking at opportunities here…The future is yours. You decide how you shape it.”

Prime Minister of Qatar joins list of dignitaries, world leaders to attend 2024 Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo

Jan 08, 2024

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, the Prime Minister of Qatar, is confirmed among the growing list of dignitaries and world leaders to attend and make presentations at the region’s largest energy conference and expo in Georgetown, Guyana next month.  

The Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo returns for its third installment from February 19 – 22, 2024 with an impressive lineup of industry experts, policymakers and foreign officials who will offer insights as keynote speakers and through their participation in several panel discussions.  

The inclusion of the Prime Minister of Qatar as a featured speaker reflects the commitment of both nations to foster international partnerships and share expertise in the crucial field of energy. 

Anthony Whyte, Chairman of the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo said, “We are honoured to welcome the distinguished Prime Minister of Qatar as a featured speaker. His presence underscores the global significance of our event, highlighting the shared commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions and fostering international collaboration in the ever-evolving energy landscape.” 

Sheikh Mohammed previously served as the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2017 and 2016 to 2023, respectively, and Chairman of the Qatar Investment Authority from 2018 to 2023, where he provided leadership to the QIA Board of Directors and ensured QIA’s sound governance framework through accountability and sound decision-making. 

Additionally, as the Chairman of Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD), Sheikh Mohammed directs the fund’s operations and the expansion of its activities to reach more than 70 countries around the world, notably in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. 

Sheikh Mohammed brings a wealth of experience and leadership in finance, investment, development and accountability. His participation highlights the international significance of the Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo as a platform for fostering collaboration and sharing best practices.  

Sheikh Mohammed was notably praised for his recent meeting with CIA Director William J. Burns and head of Mossad David Barnea in Qatar where they reached an extension of the ceasefire by two days and exchange of more than 100 Israeli hostages for 240 Palestinian prisoners in the 2023 Israel–Hamas war. 

He will be joined by other world leaders, including the President of Guyana, Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali; the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley; the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Philip Davis; the Minister of Industry, Energy, and Technology of Newfoundland, Canada, Andrew Parsons along with several others to be announced at a later date.  

To be held at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, the conference is a premier gathering of industry leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders committed to shaping the future of energy and supply chain sectors. 

The Guyana Energy Conference and Supply Chain Expo is poised to be a landmark event, facilitating discussions that will shape the trajectory of the energy sector in Guyana and beyond. The participation of the Prime Minister of Qatar adds a significant international dimension to the conference, highlighting the global importance of sustainable energy practices. 

About Sheikh Mohammed: 

Sheikh Mohammed was born and raised in Doha, Qatar. He is part of the Qatari royal family as a member of the House of Thani. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from the College of Business and Economics at Qatar University (2003). 

On March 07, 2023, in a cabinet reshuffle, through Amiri Decree, he was appointed as the Prime Minister of Qatar. 

Sheikh Mohammed’s priorities as Prime Minister include advising His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on the formation of ministries in the country and assisting His Highness perform his duties and exercise his roles. Sheikh Mohammed also heads the Council of Ministers sessions, including managing discussions and supervising the coordination of work between ministries to achieve unity between governmental agencies and ensure the integration of their activities. 

Sheikh Mohammed’s responsibilities as Minister of Foreign Affairs include planning and implementing Qatar’s foreign policy, maintaining and extending the country’s strategic bilateral and multilateral relations, leading mediation efforts, and consolidating international peace and security. 

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