Global players in the downstream petroleum industry will converge in Nigeria for the 13th Oil Trading and Logistics (OTL) Africa Downstream Week, which will focus on the evolving impact of Innovation and Technology on efficiency and margins in downstream operations.

The annual conference, scheduled to take place from October 27 to 30, 2019, at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, is widely regarded as the continent's biggest downstream petroleum event, and assembles operators in the value chain of oil and gas supply, comprising international traders, refining, shipping, marketing, logistics, storage, retail, professional services, government, and civil society.

The theme for this year's event is “Growth, Innovation, and Technology." With digital innovation sweeping through the industry, countless opportunities are opening up and industry operators are increasingly turning their attention to the impact of technology and digitalization to improve value-chain decision making, enhance safety, as well as focus on margin growth and profitability.

However, there is also the need to coordinate integration of technology across the value chain due to its unpredictability and in order to optimize potential.

As a result, relevant issues up for discussion will include Automation, Digital transformation and Retail Margins at the Last Mile; Policy, Regulation, Pricing, Markets, and the Future of Downstream Petroleum in Nigeria; Clean Fuels, Meters, and Measures.

Participants will also engage in discussions on issues concerning the Impact of the Dangote Refinery on the West African Petroleum Products Market; Opportunities and Market Considerations for LPG Trading; and Expanding Human Resource Capabilities in Downstream Oil & Gas Operations among others.

The OTL Africa Downstream Week seeks to promote the development of efficient markets in downstream petroleum by facilitating an interface between private sector perspectives and government concerns with the aim of achieving an easier environment for doing business on the continent. In addition, business to business meetings are always a key feature, with the range of service providers in the downstream value chain relishing the opportunity to identify and take advantage of products and services they would otherwise not have readily available.

Operators from more than 20 countries are expected to participate at this year's event, with delegates already confirmed from Africa, Asia, Europe, the US, and the Middle East.

Many more countries are represented through organizations which will be showcasing products at the exhibition, while Nigerian government interests will be represented by CEOs of the key regulatory agencies including PPMC, PPPRA, NNPC, and the Ministry of Petroleum.

With a total of nine sessions over three days, experts and CEOs of the most important international suppliers, local trading, and marketing companies and a range of service providers are scheduled to make presentations.

The annual OTL Africa Downstream Week is the continent's leading business forum for market insights, emerging opportunities, products' showcase, and recognition of excellence in the African downstream petroleum value-chain. It features a strategic conference, dedicated industry exhibition and the annual OTL Downstream Industry Dinner. It is organized in collaboration with key partners in government and the industry.


Mr. Emeka Akabogu, Esq.