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IRO and NABC to intensify cooperation

Published on: 18-Sep-2017

The Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas industry and Offshore Renewable Industry (IRO) and the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC) have agreed to intensify their cooperation. Both organizations have in-depth knowledge in a unique field.

Whereas Nigeria and Angola have been for a long time among the established oil producers, a further shift towards Africa is seen in more recent discoveries. Significant gas fields have recently been discovered in Senegal, Mozambique and Tanzania and upcoming oil and gas industries can be witnessed in Kenya and Uganda. Africa cannot be left out of the focus of the oil and gas sector in the future. NABC, the leading Africa focused business network in the Netherlands with approximately 350 members, and IRO, the largest supplier for offshore energy network organization in the Netherlands with 450 members, having previously worked together are now establishing a more structured partnership.

 To Mr. Sander Vergroesen, Managing Director of IRO, the cooperation with NABC is an important step. “Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent and its average population is the youngest amongst all the continents. It has great potential in natural resources to support the aim of becoming self-sufficient. The supply chain of the O&G industry and offshore renewable industry is dedicated to assist Africa with setting up solid sustainable infrastructure, by providing knowledge, products & services and expertise. Working closely together with NABC as the expert on African business is a logical and smart step for both of us,” Mr. Vergroesen said.

Wider scope for both

“NABC aims to promote African business opportunities among our members and the broader business community. By partnering with IRO, we can reach hundreds of companies in the oil, gas and renewables sector that have perhaps not thought about doing business in Africa yet,” Irene Visser, Managing Director of NABC, said.

According to Mrs. Visser there is increased interest in Africa from Dutch companies active in the oil and gas sector. “The quantities of oil and gas found near Mozambique, Tanzania and Senegal are significant. Dutch companies are quite well-established in Africa and well positioned to tap into these opportunities”  

Incoming delegations from African gas producers

NABC hosted a business forum on Mozambique in May, which was attended by the Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi, and quite a number of IRO members. IRO played an advisory role in an outgoing trade mission to Senegal last May and currently in an incoming trade mission from Senegal set for October. This visit will comprise of some of the most important stakeholders from the Senegalese oil and gas sector, including the presidential advisor. This kind of cooperation will be seen more often under the new cooperation.


About NABC:

NABC represents a group of 350 Dutch member companies that do business with Africa. We organize trade missions to African countries and receive incoming trade delegations. Our main aim is to stimulate trade between Africa and The Netherlands. More information:

About IRO:

Established nearly half a century ago, the association IRO is an independent non-profit organization that supports and promotes the interests of its nearly 450 member companies.

Acting as the gateway to Dutch suppliers in the global energy industry, the IRO mission is ultimately aimed at maintaining and strengthening the position of the Dutch Oil, Gas and Offshore Renewable industry by creating a level playing field for its members. A sharp focus on cost efficiency, innovation and sustainability within the Dutch supply industry are instrumental to achieve this goal. See   

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