First petroleum academy opens in Dakar for West African countries

Der Mond Group, an Oil and Gas company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, has signed an agreement with Swiss consulting services company Iota Group to open a petroleum academy in Dakar, Senegal.

The first oil and gas academy in Senegal is dedicated to train a wide range of professionals from West African countries in the fields of industry and more especially Oil and Gas value chain.

The academy will offer training programs and workshops of international standards in the energy industry and support Senegal in increasing the number of qualified and certified local professionals.

Techma, a subsidiary of Iota Group, will provide its expertise, skills and training programs as well as qualified teachers.

“We are extremely proud to launch the first Senegalese private institution dedicated to shaping a pool of qualified professionals in the oil and gas industry,” said Khadija A. Ba, president and founder of Der Mond Group, adding the group is proud to support Plan Sénégal Emergent.

The academy’s first goal is to provide an industrial security certification course in order to establish a long presence of certified professionals ready to tackle high-level challenges requested by the industry players.

The academy’s regional office will be in Dakar, with offices set to open in Mali, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Conakry and Côte d’Ivoire.

Senegal is experiencing increasing commercial activity, driven by oil and gas discoveries, and the government’s accelerated infrastructure development initiatives is one of the pillars of the Plan Sénégal Emergent, the country’s development blueprint.

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