The African Petroleum Producers’ Association (APPA) is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1987 in Lagos, Nigeria, to serve as a platform for African petroleum producing countries to cooperate, collaborate, and share knowledge and competences. It aims to promote common policy initiatives and projects in all facets of the petroleum industry with a view to maximising the developmental and welfare benefits accruable from petroleum exploitation activities in the Member Countries in particular and in Africa in general.
The Association is convinced that African petroleum producers are better positioned to create maximum leverage from their resource endowments when they adopt a common platform for oil and gas policy initiatives and development strategy.
APPA currently comprises fourteen Member Countries namely, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, SPLAJ (Libya) and Nigeria. Altogether, these countries account for virtually the totality of Africa’s oil and gas reserves and output. APPA’s membership thus includes all of Africa’s most natural-and human-resource endowed nations, attributes that position these countries to power Africa’s industrial and technological take-off.
APPA is committed to seeking understanding, cooperation and partnerships primarily within but also outside the African continent. The Association is determined to work vigorously with regional as well as international organisations/institutions in the process of transforming its vision into continuing beneficial results for its Member Countries.
The Association is aware that it must continuously deliver on its vision, in order to remain worthwhile to its stakeholders.
APPA sees its long-term role as that of a strategic focal point in hydrocarbon development matters in Africa.
The idea of creating an African Petroleum Producers Association dates back to the 1980’s during informal Meeting between African countries, Members of OPEC (Algeria, Gabon, GSPLAJ (Libya) and Nigeria).
It is in reaction to the situation of the international oil market, where foreign companies were penalising development countries against the official quotation, that the four African countries members of OPEC had consultation to supply crude oil to the countries experiencing difficulties. They even earmarked 4% of the production to meet Africa’s needs.
Following an initiative from Gabon, a meeting of experts took place in Libreville on October 1984.
It was only on the 2 June 1985 at Brioni (in ex-Yugoslavia) that African resumed talks and the idea of creating an African Petroleum Producers Association was born.
On the 21 and 22 April, Libreville hosted the first meeting of experts in charge of elaborating the status of the Association.
In January 1987, eight African Countries (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, GSPLAJ (Libya) and Nigeria) held a meeting in Lagos to create the African Petroleum Producers Association (APPA).
The Headquarters of the Association are located in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
The objectives and purposes for which the Association is hereby constituted include:
promotion of co-operation among Member Countries in hydrocarbon exploration, production, refining, petrochemicals, manpower development, acquisition and adaptation of technology and legal matters;
promotion of technical assistance among Member Countries in the areas in which individual members have acquired valuable experience;
promoting co-ordination of marketing policies and strategies of Member Countries through exchange of information with the aim of safeguarding their depletable resources and realising equitable revenue from exports;
increasing the understanding of energy situation and policies in Member Countries through co-operation with a view to meeting domestic energy needs, and
studying ways and means of providing assistance to net oil importing African countries to meet their energy requirements.