Gabon to host 5th Africa's petroleum congress in March 2013

Gabon to host 5th Africa’s petroleum congress in March 2013

The central African nation of Gabon will host the 5th African petroleum congress in the capital Libreville on 26-28 March 2013, the Association of African Petroleum Producers (APPA), which will host the event in partnership with Gabon ministry of petroleum, said.

The conference-expo’s programme includes meetings of local administrators of APPA data bank, an ad-hoc committee of legal experts and a council of ministers.

APPA currently comprises 18 countries, namely Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Libya, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, and Sudan. All these countries account for virtually the totality of Africa’s oil and gas reserves and output.

Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Libya are believed to be Africa’s leading oil producers.

APPA was established in 1987 in Lagos, Nigeria, to serve as a platform for African petroleum producing countries to cooperate, collaborate, and share knowledge and competences. APPA said it aims to promote common policy initiatives and projects in all facets of the petroleum industry, with a view of maximising the developmental and welfare benefits accruable from petroleum exploitation activities in the member countries in particular, and in Africa in general.

*Photo by An oil rig in Congo-Brazzaville.

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