Opening of 36th Ordinary Session of APPO Council of Ministers

On 2nd April, in one of the annexes to the Palace of Conferences in Sipopo,the Prime Minister, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, representing the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, opened the Ordinary Session of the APPO Council of Ministers.

This Ordinary Session of Ministers from the African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation, APPO, is part of the activities of Equatorial Guinea Energy Year 2019.

Following the order of protocol, the first to speak was the APPO Executive Secretary, Mahaman Laouan Gaya, followed by a speech from the Minister for Mines and Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima. The Prime Minister gave an opening speech in which he wished success to the ministers in the organisation.

In his speech, Obama Asue stressed the importance of the hydrocarbons sector to the economies of member countries in the organisation, and invited the delegations to work in close collaboration. He also called for solidarity among APPO member countries, in order to introduce improvements to the organisation.

The expectations for the fruits of these meetings which are being held in the city of African Union, Sipopo, from 2nd to 5th April, are filled with hope and will contribute to the establishment of a new route map for the organisation”, said Obama Asue, at the end of his speech.

African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation, APPO and its member countries are asking for unity, cooperation and reform among the oil producers; regional cooperation to promote alliances in matters of African energy within the context of greater African participation in energy institutions; the increase in investment in projects, and a favourable environment for oil prices in order to move towards shared prosperity in the African oil industry.

The APPO is currently undergoing significant reform based on the creation of a united African front within the global energy context. The organisation is looking to increase regional cooperation in projects, infrastructure, refineries and other significant programmes.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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