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GNPC Officials Embark On A Feasibility Tour At PETRONAS Institutions In Malaysia.

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

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy hosted a validation workshop on the energy efficiency Law(bill) on May 18th 2023 at Tamala Beach Hotel. This workshop brought together relevant stakeholders from various ministries and organizations to discuss and dissect the bill.

Energy is a vital ingredient for the socioeconomic development of any country. Cognizant of this, the government of The Gambia, over the past years has been making significant efforts to provide reliable, adequate, affordable and sustainable energy services to its people. The successful implementation of the Energy efficiency bill is of great importance and a priority to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and to all stakeholders.

The formulation of the Energy efficiency bill is supported by World Bank Group and drafted by consultants from the Economic Consulting Associates (ECA) through the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy to develop and implement a comprehensive energy efficiency program for the country.

In the opening ceremony Mr. Matarr Touray, an Energy Specialist from World Bank, spoke on the numerous benefits of energy efficiency especially with the changing electricity tariffs and fluctuating exchange rates. Mr. Touray stated “The law has been developed to inherently feature local context and the development of a robust institutional framework to address pertinent issues as it relates to energy efficiency, these include issues of gender mainstreaming, financing mechanisms and data to ensure that the bill is adequately and appropriately imbedded within the sector”.

In her opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Mrs Amie Njie Joof illuminated on the inefficient use of energy in our day to day lives, like leaving lights and air conditioners on in empty rooms, inefficient practices like these need to be curbed to ensure sustainable use of electricity.

The Permanent Secretary highlighted on the fact that resources are scares and that electricity is not provided to every community in the country, has resulted in the formulation of the policy on energy efficiency and conservation, which promotes the efficient and wise use of energy by every user, to save energy for use by others. As the saying goes, “energy saved is energy produced”.

 PS Njie also added that “since the promulgation of policies on energy efficiency and conservation as part of the National Energy Policy, numerous activities have been carried out on energy efficiency and conservation throughout the country.  Other activities include sensitization on energy efficiency and conservation, replacement of incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs and the promotion and distribution of improved cookstoves and rolling out the National Framework for Leapfrogging to Energy Efficient and Climate Friendly air Conditioners and Refrigerators Project. This project is intended to enhance energy efficiency in the country and ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions”.

The Permanent Secretary in her conclusion indicated that the Energy Efficiency Bill once enacted into law, will serve as the bedrock for the country’s energy management system in the country.