What do you believe is the greatest challenge to our industry's future growth?
I think that the greatest challenge to our industry's future growth is the ability of oil companies to cope with market conditions through cost-efficiency and the mastering of oil prices.
What is the Agency's main objectives over the next few years in the oil sector?
The Agency's main objective over the next three years is the implementation of the drilling program in the AGC Central and the AGC Profound block raising a lot of interest from external companies and the AGC itself. In fact, we got good results from the seismic interpretation and we are confident that our drilling program will lead to a discovery.
What do you think makes the MSGBC basin an attractive region to do business?
I believe that the potential of the basin and the presence of strong institutions governing the oil sector with transparency are the most important factors to make the MSGBC basin an attractive region to do business
What are you most looking forward to at the MSGBC Basin Summit & Exhibition? What would you like to take away from the gathering?
I am most looking forward to hearing insights from companies operating in the basin as well as the views of national oil companies regarding oil exploration. I would like to take an understanding of the different perspectives of our basin as well as the insights regarding the development of local content away from the gathering.
About Augusto Artur Antonio Da Silva
Mr. Augusto Artur Antonio Da Silva is an ambassador who started his diplomatic career in 2008. His areas of expertise are Management of Halieutic Resources; Maritimes Affairs; Management of Human Resources; Human Relations and Communication; International relationship ; Cooperation and Development.
Mr. Da SILVA is a graduate in halieutic engineering from the Rural Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil. He holds as well a post-university diploma in the University of Hull in England and a Maritime business administration degree at the school of marine business administration in Bordeaux, France.
He started his career in May 1983 as a Halieutic engineer in the Technical Direction of Mixte society of fisheries « Estrela do Mar » in Guinea-Bissau. Between 1983 to 1986, he was the Director of industrial fisheries in Guinea-Bissau and over the years he has assumed many positions such as Project Director, planning and statistics in the Fisheries Ministry of Guinea-Bissau ; Director of the Department of Maritime surveillance ; Minister of Fisheries ; Minister of National Defense ; Minister of National Education, Culture, Science, Youth and Sports ; Diplomatic Advisor of the Prime Minister ; Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Community and then Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau.
Mr. da Silva has been appointed Secretary General of the AGC on May 2018.
Augusto Artur Antonio Da Silva will be speaking on the potential and perspectives of the joint development zone between Senegal and Guinea- Bissau at the upcoming MSGBC Basin Summit & Exhibition taking place in Dakar, 24 – 26 October 2018.