President opens APPO CAPE VII Congress

From 2nd to 5th April the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is hosting the VII Conference of Petroleum Producing Countries in the city of Sipopo (Malabo), under the banner “Towards a Transformed, Integrated and Responsive Petroleum and Gas Sector”.

There are approximately one thousand delegations from 38 nations, with the participation of 13 companies, all from the petroleum sector. Over several days of double sessions they will analyse and debate issues such as the energy panorama, African cooperation, the energy promise, the construction of Africa and the APPO Exhibition (Organisation of African Petroleum Producers).

This VII conference aims to create a powerful organisation with the support of ministers from the sector, in order to contribute to the construction of their vision of country and continent.

It is an organisation covering various Africa, European, Asian and American countries that have petroleum and gas as their main sources of development.

There were speeches from the Mayoress of Malabo, Maria Coloma Edjang; the Executive Secretaries of APPO and OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), Mahamen Laouan and Mohamed Sanusi Barkindo respectively, and a speech from the Equatoguinean Minister for Mines and Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima.

The President of the Republic, Head of State and Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, after giving his opening speech, also opened the various pavilions installed for the participants, who explained the products exhibited by their respective companies and ministerial departments.

When the event was over, the President of the Republic granted audiences to the Executive Secretaries of APPO and OPEC, the first figures to exchange impressions with the Head of State.

The presidents and vice-presidents of Exxon Mobil, Trydent Energy, Marathon Oil and Total were also received by the Head of State, who welcomed their participation at the conference.

The Minister for Mines and Armando Dougan Champions, member of the Government in the Head of State’s Office, accompanied the leader of the nation during the audiences, in a room at the International Palace of Conferences in Sipopo.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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