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Africa Insight Series

Africa’s economic ascent and growing strategic importance, regionally and globally, has resulted in heightened business interest across the Bilateral Chamber’s network of international leadership and esteemed Board of Advisors.

Featured Program

Africa Series Joint Session: Equatorial Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire

March 9, 2022 | Houston, Texas USA

The Bilateral Chamber's Africa Insights Committee hosted a Boardroom Session focused on the Sub-Saharan West Africa energy industry. Hosted by Bilateral Chamber member, Amegy Bank, and its CEO Steve Stephens, we were joined by His Excellency Gabriel M. Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and His Excellency Thomas Camara, Minister of Mines, Petroleum & Energy, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire for a highly engaging discussion.

Moderated by Dr. Adel Chaouch, Chair of the Africa Insights Committee, the Ministers shared their outlook for partnership and investment opportunities in their respective countries. They highlighted foreign investment law reformation, new energy sector projects and their vision of the global energy transition as it relates to Africa. Minister Gabriel outlined a comprehensive vision for the future of West Africa emerging as a gas export hub. Guests and members of the Bilateral Chamber’s Africa Insights Committee, ShaMaran Petroleum, Kosmos Energy, Marathon Oil, MODEC, Chevron, and Houston Airport System, underscored their commitment and support for Equatorial Guinea’s and Cote d’Ivoire’s energy sector projects and sustainable economic development goals.

With the world’s largest free trade area and a 1.2 billion-person market, the continent of Africa is creating an entirely new development path, harnessing the potential of its resources and people. Our Africa Insight Series provides timely information and extensive access to business opportunities and trends in the continent.


Our constituents utilize our platform for actionable engagement among business leaders from public and private sectors, government officials, and industry experts and practitioners.

For more information on the Africa Insight Series and how you can take part in our strategic planning for 2022 and beyond, please email us at

Our Africa Insights Committee provides counsel and expertise to drive the initiatives necessary to unlock the potential of the sub-Saharan African market, and deliver first-class programs to our stakeholders, partners and members.

Africa Insights Committee

Dr. Adel Chaouch

President and CEO

ShaMaran Petroleum Corp.

Mamadou Beye

General Manager - Policy, Government and Public Affairs
Chevron Corporation

Saba Abashawl

Chief External Affairs Officer
Houston Airport System (HAS)

Mazine Kessaissia

Vice President, Business Development

Kosmos Energy

E E Okpa

The OKPA Co.

Simon Smith

Regional Vice President, Operations

Marathon Oil’s Conventional and Equatorial Guinea

Oise Ihonde


MODEC, Houston

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