Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, Deputy Minister for Energy, has told investors in faraway USA that Ghana’s petroleum fiscal regime is investor friendly and that it offers higher returns to investors. He has, therefore, urged them to take advantage of the favourable petroleum market environment and invest in Ghana.
Speaking at an investment forum on the side-lines of this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Texas, USA, where world’s elite energy professionals met, Dr Adam said “our petroleum fiscal regime is investor friendly offering higher returns to investors, the licensing regime is transparent, and provides investor certainty and flexibility.”
He mentioned Ghana was aspiring to become a hub for refined petroleum products and petrochemicals in the West African sub-region and that there were numerous petroleum downstream opportunities available for grab.
“Government has, therefore, designated a free zone area for the development of petroleum and petrochemical refineries, storage, and transportation facilities for the export of products to largely African markets. This requires collaboration with the private sector to achieve the objectives of the Hub,” he emphasized.
The Deputy Minister for Energy further stated that government established the Ghana Petroleum Hub Corporation, which was necessitated by investors’ demands for removal of ‘regulatory fatigue, red tapes and long times in project development’.
That, he said, was to facilitate the issuance of permits and licenses to potential investors “and to play a rapid response role in addressing the challenges investors encounter in delivering on projects.” In a related development, Deputy Minister for Energy, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam in a brief ceremony, officially opened Ghana’s pavilion at the OTC, at the NRG Park in Houston Texas.
The OTC, an annual event, provides energy professionals with the opportunity to meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters and has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic Technology Conference, OTC Brasil, and OTC Asia.