Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has been selected as Africa Oil & Power’s Person of the Year for 2020.
The award is presented to individuals who display leadership and innovative thinking in steering their countries or organisations to the forefront of the global energy sector.
President Nyusi has been at the helm of Mozambique’s energy sector during its many recent successes, including several multibillion gas projects which are now in development in the Southern African country.
The natural gas projects, once fully actualised, represent more than three times the country’s current GDP, with the Exxon-led Rovuma LNG project valued at US$23,9 billion; the Total-led project valued at US$23 billion; and the US$4,7 billion Coral FLNG project, which is expected to reach first gas in 2022.
“HE Filipe Nyusi has led the charge in creating an enabling environment in the energy industry and the broader economy that paved the way for extraordinary energy deals which Mozambique currently enjoys,” said Jude Kearney, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries and Finance at the US Department of Commerce during the Clinton Administration and currently President of Kearney Africa Advisors.
“I can think of no better individual in Africa’s energy space on whom to bestow this award. Mozambique has a bright future ahead as international gas projects drive new growth, job creation, economic development and prosperity,” added Kearney.
Not only has President Nyusi been instrumental in the deals coming through, he has also helped drive a focus on national capacity building and has made sure the projects set aside natural gas for domestic use, setting the country on a path towards economic diversification and energy security.
“President Filipe Nyusi has worked hard to create an environment that ensures that a strong gas industry will create jobs, boost entrepreneurship, protect our environment, diversify our economy for the benefit of all the citizens and generate much-needed revenue for the government. The president has made the energy sector a crucial component of the economic well-being of Mozambique,” said Florival Mucave, CEO of the Mozambican Oil & Gas Chamber.
“President Filipe Nyusi has taken Mozambique from a place of relative obscurity in the energy markets, to a place of leadership in the global natural gas industry,” added Renée Montez-Avinir, MD of AOP. “His leadership has been instrumental in bringing these mega natural gas projects to fruition, providing vital investment security to close several multi-billion dollar deals. There is no doubt, the natural gas projects will transform Mozambique, bringing progress and prosperity to the entire country and placing Mozambique at the forefront of a global natural gas revolution.”
Previous recipients of the award include President Macky Sall of Senegal Macky Sall in 2019 and OPEC secretary-general Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo in 2018. – Africa Oil & Power