This month’s column was
written by Adekunle A. Adesida, AAPG
Africa Region president.
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The second Eastern Australasian
Basins Symposium, chaired by AAPG member Barry Goldstein, will be held
Sept. 19-22, 2004, in Adelaide, Australia.
This is a major
Australasian upstream petroleum technical conference, and is sponsored
by AAPG affiliate the Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia.
contact Goldstein, PESA’s president, via the the Web site at www.pesa.com.au.
there is anything to talk about now, it is peace in the world. It is
therefore appropriate to talk and write about the activities of professional
associations -- societies that are the fabric of high integrity, honesty,
fairness and responsible family life. They build on individual and group
appreciation of sustainable life.
AAPG, an international
geological organization made up of astute professionals with over 30,000
members across the globe, seeks to continue to bring peace into the
world through the sharing of knowledge in areas of technology and techniques
appropriate for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons and
other economic minerals.
AAPG has membership
in six international regions: Africa,
America and Middle
East. Each has a defined organizational structure, associated well-articulated
roles and responsibilities meant for the efficient and effective management
of AAPG activities.
In the Africa
Region, an elected four-member executive team and their associated service
team leaders across the African continent are currently responsible
for running the affairs of the region through next July. I would therefore
seize this opportunity to thank Adebayo Akinpelu (immediate past president
of the Africa region) and members of the executive committee for their
pioneering effort in laying a solid foundation for the region.
Upon this foundation,
we will progressively build.
I would like to commend all the AAPG past presidents, especially Robbie
Gries (2000-01) and Richard Bishop (1998-99), and also Nahum Schneidermann,
for their individual and collective efforts in ensuring that the region
is up and running.
thanks, too, to all who elected me into this position to carry on the
mantle of leadership. As you have entrusted the members of the incoming
executive team (who will be voted in soon) and I with the Constitution
and Bylaws that would guide the execution of activities within the Africa
Region and AAPG at-large, we assure you of rewarding years ahead.
In meeting the
challenges and opportunities that abound in a rapidly competitive business
environment globally, I seek your active participation and contribution
to the growth and development of our association, in Africa and worldwide
for the year will dovetail into the 2003-04 AAPG president’s program
(see July EXPLORER),
Enhancement of student programs.
Increasing intersociety programs.
Increasing public outreach.
Creation of a new long-range plan for AAPG.
Africa Region is "a separate organization from the AAPG," its purpose
is "to improve the delivery of the AAPG’s programs and services to the
African-based membership and to enable the membership to participate
more effectively in the association’s governance processes."
members of the Region have the responsibility to help expand African
participation in the AAPG.
Our major thrust
for the current year will be to:
Initiate and complete a continental survey on the number of university
and polytechnic students in the Africa Region where geosciences subjects
are being taught.
Enhance membership growth through promotion and inauguration of more
viable student chapters in African universities and polytechnics where
geosciences subjects are taught.
Implement the AAPG Virtual Student Expo -- a concept of giving students
access to industry, academic and government recruiters.
Encourage participation of active members working in professional
organizations, companies and in the academics in AAPG education programs,
e.g. Visiting Geologist Program, etc.
Improve on the number of Africa Region representatives in the House
Enhance cooperation and participation of intra-regional activities
among relevant earth science professional bodies, e.g., Nigerian Association
Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE), Earth Science Society of Libya,
Moroccan Association of Petroleum Geologists, Egyptian Petroleum Exploration
Society and other sister societies.
Continue to promote a high professional and ethical standard and respect
for people among our membership.
We must be
seen to deliver the program through your active participation, while
meeting the challenges of this global and rapid competitive business
environment using the latest technology and techniques that abound.
We must use
this technology to continuously improve on the life of the people, through
bringing economic viability and peace to the world. We must remember
that we are representing our various organizations, international or
independent companies in AAPG. I am sure that you will take out more
than what you bring in. Our value is hinged on sharing our technology,
knowledge, best practices and information with colleagues through the
appropriate means, toward maximizing exploitation of hydrocarbons and
other economic minerals without re-inventing the wheels.
This will ensure
cost-effectiveness and foster global teamwork. However, we must not
compromise ethical standards.
The first West
Africa Deepwater Regional Conference, jointly organized by NAPE and
AAPG, will be held at Abuja, Nigeria, Nov. 14-18, 2004. Abuja is Nigeria’s
new federal capital city, located at the geographical center of the
country, and has several features that endear it to many visitors local
and foreign. You are invited to this upcoming international conference
and exhibition on West Africa deepwater exploration, development and
I must thank you for electing me as the president of the AAPG Africa
Region. Kunle Adesida, exploration adviser, Shell Petroleum Development
Co., 21/22 Marina, Lagos, Nigeria; telephone -- 234 1 260 1600, ext.
65315; cell -- 234 803 446 5315; fax -- 234 1 263 6681.