Thursday, October 5 – PJSC Gazprom, Gazprom International and Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), Bolivia’s state-owned oil and gas corporation, took part in a workgroup meeting at the 7th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. The meeting, which was dedicated to advanced career training, was part of the second joint Gazprom-YPFB coordination committee.
The Russian delegation included Elena Kasyan, Head of HR, Tatyana Tokareva, Head of the Directorate for Subsidiary Relations, PJSC Gazprom; Sergey Tumanov and Bernand van Polanen, Managing Directors, Gazprom International, and others. The Bolivian delegation was represented by the management of YPFB Corporation headed by Oscar Barriga, Chief Executive Officer.
The workgroup discussed key areas of cooperation in personnel training and development for the coming year. The Russian delegates informed their Bolivian colleagues about the experience of the Gazprom Group in human resources management policy, the continuous corporate professional education system run by the company and its subsidiaries, and the opportunities and prospects for cooperation with foreign partners to develop human resources, including under joint projects.
Commenting on the prospects for cooperation, Sergey Tumanov said: “Gazprom has extensive experience in personnel training and development, enabling us to provide comprehensive support to YPFB”.
The meeting also included a presentation of training courses and consultant catalogues by Gazprom International Training, a specialized training company belonging to the Gazprom International group. Grigory Krotkov, Managing Director, talked to the Bolivian partners about the company’s ability to organize training seminars and advanced career training courses for the Gazprom Group, subsidiaries and partners under joint projects based on the concept “any course, any time, any place”. With an office in the Netherlands, Gazprom International Training offers convenient access to experts from all over the world, and provides resources of its partners – the largest international education and industry centers operating in the region.
In the near future, the parties intend to assess YPFB’s needs for personnel training and career advancement courses in order to develop an education programme for Bolivian specialists in 2018, including with the help of the Gazprom Group basic universities. The report will be completed by the end of this year.
In turn, Oscar Barriga, YPFB CEO, thanked his colleagues for their support in human resources training in Bolivia and highly praised the technical equipment used by the Russian gas company, stating his readiness to apply various aspects of Gazprom’s education model in his home country.
During the meeting, the Gazprom and YPFB representatives met with a delegation of Bolivian students participating in the “Youth Day: Dialogue between Generations” project at St. Petersburg International Gas Forum 2017, and awarded them gifts to mark the occasion.
In her welcome speech to the students, Elena Kasyan noted that the presentations given by the Bolivian students at the event were extremely well-prepared, and expressed hope that the Bolivian delegation will be represented in the project on a permanent basis.
Gazprom’s interests in Bolivia are represented by Gazprom International – a specialized company created to implement foreign projects related to the prospecting, exploration and development of hydrocarbons. The company has offices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and La Paz.
Last year, Gazprom, Bolivia’s Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, and YPFB signed a roadmap for implementing projects in the country, according to which the parties agreed to conduct the joint prospecting, exploration, production and transportation of hydrocarbons in Bolivia and update the general strategy for the development of the gas industry until 2040. In addition, Gazprom and YPFB intend to cooperate in human resources training and development and to produce a concept for a gas industry research center in Bolivia.
“Youth Day: Dialogue between Generations” is a unique platform for sharing information and ideas, and for talking through differences, bringing together the business elite and young people from the world’s leading universities and institutes to discuss new areas of development in the gas industry and career opportunities for young leaders. The participants include talented students from various countries, influential experts, young leaders from the largest international energy companies, and representatives of the academic community.
The event is held with the financial and organizational support of the International Business Congress (IBC) and is included in the official agenda of St. Petersburg International Gas Forum. The project partners are international energy companies such as Gazprom, Uniper, Wintershall, ENGIE, Gasunie, Shell, and Total.