Where do you see the opportunities for growth within energy in Africa in the next 5 years?
The combination of lower-cost renewable energy and flexible gas-fired generation may prove to be the most marketable solution to a low carbon energy market. Africa’s is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this emerging energy sector development strategy.
How important is the Gas-to-Power Africa Congress as a meeting platform for the industry and what are you most looking forward to at the show?
The Congress is a unique platform that brings together key actors in the gas market at the developer, financial and governmental level. I look forward to discussing critical issues in gas market growth and benefiting from these diverse perspectives.
How will regulatory and climate interests impact future natural gas supply and demand?
In many African markets, natural gas is a new commodity, either as a produced or imported resource. This will present a number of regulatory challenges since governments must prepare to develop capital-intensive gas infrastructure (import, processing, transport), structure and oversee gas markets and assist the transition of residential and industrial consumers to take advantage of this new source of energy.
MOHAMED RALI BADISSY
Mohamed Rali Badissy is the Senior Attorney for Energy and Finance with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Badissy directs all CLDP technical assistance and advisory services related to facilitating foreign investment in energy, power and infrastructure projects including CLDP’s support for USAID’s Power Africa and the State Department’s Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative. Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Badissy practiced with the International Dispute Resolution and Public International Law groups of Latham & Watkins LLP in New York and Dubai focusing on representing sovereigns in arbitrations involving transboundary disputes, upstream and downstream energy projects, expropriation, project finance and international trade. Mr. Badissy lives in Washington DC with his wife and two children.