As the days and weeks roll by, the gasworld African Conference 2008 draws ever closer and the finer points of the event are mapped out, including the hotly anticipated initial speaker ticket.

Preparations have been in progress for months, a number of bookings have already been taken and as the 1st April lurks just around the corner, it's no April fool to suggest that time is running out for visitors to confirm their place at this exciting event.

Titled 'The African Continent - Meeting the Challenges of Supply', this groundbreaking conference will be the first of its kind in the continent and has been organised to highlight both the drivers for growth and the challenges faced by gas and equipment suppliers in the region. As well as addressing the challenging issues that future demand in the region presents, the event will provide an informative and insightful platform upon which the leading figures within the industrial gas community can converge and discuss.

The conference will take place on 10th & 11th June 2008 and gasworld has recently announced that a number of key speakers have been confirmed, including delegates from Air Products, Chart Industries, Maghreb Oxygene, Herose, the Spiritus Group, the Southern African Compressed Gas Association (SACGA), and Roy Irani of GPS Ltd to name a few.

Speaking of the motivation for the conference and the busy weeks ahead, Conference Manager Sharon Sandercock comments, $quot;It's an exciting time for gasworld as we look ahead to our second international conference. This conference builds on the success of the Middle East Conference held recently in Dubai and has been designed to bring new ideas and issues to the forefront of the industry.$quot;

A wide ranging array of topics will be presented and discussed at the event in South Africa, just as had been the case in Dubai last December when leading figures from the industrial gas business gathered to acknowledge the rapidly emerging Middle East gases market and both the challenges, and potential that this region afforded. Such luminaries as Dr Aldo Belloni of The Linde Group and Pierre Dufour of Air Liquide graced the stage of the first-ever gasworld Middle East Conference, which was widely regarded as a resounding success and the perfect opportunity to assemble and network.

Following-up the success in Dubai will be the African Conference, to be held at the Misty Hills Country Hotel in Johannesburg in June. Further details and booking requests can be made by contacting the conference manager at conferences@gasworld.com or by calling +44 (0) 1872 225031.