John Rocha, Senior Project Manager, NEPAD BF
What do you see as the key challenges facing the industry in the region over the coming 5-10 years and how is your company positioned to overcome these challenges?
In my view the monetization of the region’s natural gas resources remains the single biggest challenge for Southern Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Coupled with that is the need for increased investment R&D, human capital development and how to use the region’s significant natural gas resources for industrialisation. As a neutral facilitator, our business is to promote constructive dialogue between key private and public sector actors; and to provide program management support to get projects from ideas to bankable investment opportunities.
Where do you see the opportunities for growth within the industry in the next 5 years, how are you positioned to support this?
Natural gas has the potential to radically transform the economy of the region by helping to align the agricultural, mining, oil & gas, together with the manufacturing and services supply chain as well as attract significant investment in infrastructure.
Tell us about the session you are speaking on and why you chose that topic at the Mozambique Assembly?
International and regional cooperation is extremely vital to enable Mozambique to become a gas economy for two main reasons: to access technology, know-how and investment; and secondly, individually Mozambique like many other countries in the region have small economies and face some challenges which can best be addressed through regional cooperation/integration.
What is the best career advice you have ever received?
Focus and to use our brain capacity to think and find solutions
If you could have a luncheon with any three people (real of fictitious/ from any time period, dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?
For me President Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Richard Branson for not allowing their circumstance to dictate their world view. They dared to make a difference and pursued their vision with vigour, never shirking their responsibilities even in the face of resistance from the status quo.