APEC Petrotechnic has hosted an international training for Oil and Gas specialists from African continent

Nov 2, 2015

An international seminar in the oil and gas sector for specialists from the African continent took place at "Technical High School APEC Petrotechnic”  from 21 to 31 October 2015. The leading training center of Atyrau region has trained 19 specialists from 7 African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Comoros, Malawi and Namibia.

The seminar offered lectures and workshops delivered by leading experts in oil and gas. Specifically, participants have visited several fields and deposits in such organizations as EmbaMunayGaz, Atyrau refinery and KaspiMunaiGas to explore modern technologies of geological exploration, production, refining and transportation of oil and gas.

Deputy Resident representative of UNDP Munkhtuya Altangerel, director of APEC Petrotechnic Yermek Kuzenbayev and Azamat Kairolda, head of UN Security Council division at International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan took part in the closing ceremony.

“Of course the challenges that we are faced with are daunting. We have achieved a lot and I always like to quote the words of our Administrator Helen Clark - she always says that we are the first generation of humanity that has enough wealth, enough technologies, enough cooperation to eradicate poverty as long as there is strong human will and strong political will. So we are the first generation to be able to do so and equipped to do so. But we are also, unfortunately, the last generation who can really stave off the worst challenges or worst effects of climate change. As you know, climate change is the reality and a lot of nations are suffering from effects of climate change. And the reason I am saying this is that the trainings that we have held to date through this project were in the fields of oil and gas, public health and in agriculture. Actually all of these areas are pertinent to what’s happening now in regards to climate change, in regards to the worst effects of the climate change that many nations are feeling. Especially the land-locked nations, small island nations around the world. That’s why such innovative cooperation is really important, partnerships are important because if we decide to just follow the traditional approach, which is the donor-recipient approach, which has been the modality of the 1990s and before the 1990s, that doesn’t work anymore. We need to really have a much more holistic and much more egalitarian partnerships because a lot of the solutions to global challenges are being generated from the south, from different countries, developing countries,” Munkhtuya Altangerel said.

Upon completion of the seminar participants can apply the knowledge and skills they had gained in their home countries. In particular, they learned how to conduct research in the field of geochemistry and geophysics, the basics of geology, mining and primary processing of oil, management and application of leadership skills in the field of oil and gas.

At the closing ceremony all of the participants have received certificates of successful completion of the course.

The event was held in collaboration with the UN Development Programme in Kazakhstan in the framework of the project “Support to Kazakhstan to deliver development assistance to countries in Africa, Oceania, and the Caribbean through capacity building trainings to young professionals". 

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