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African producers’ group pushes for greater relevance

The African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation (Appo) is seeking a leadership role as the continent’s oil and gas industry starts to mature. At the heart of its ambitions lies its members’ common aim to unshackle themselves from dependence on international oil companies (IOCs). Much as the technical and financial contribution of IOCs is understood and desired, at another level it is also resented. Appo’s aim is to create a new Africa-wide solidarity that would enable its members to deal with the global industry on a more equal basis.

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