The Council of Ministers of the African Petroleum Producers’ Association (APPA) held its 33rd Ordinary Session on 15th March 2016 in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, under the High Patronage of H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This Session was preceded by:
1- The 7th Meeting of the local Administrators of APPA data bank: on 7th March 2016;
2- The Meeting of the Ad hoc Committee of Legal Experts on the review of the Headquarters Agreement: on 7th March 2016;
3- The 51th Meeting of the Committee of Experts of APPA: From 8th to 11th March 2016.
The working sessions were held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja in a serene atmosphere and were presided over by H.E.Dr. Emmanuel Ibe KACHIKWU, State Minister of Petroleum Resources of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President of APPA assisted by the Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Côte d’Ivoire, H.E.Mr. Adama TOUNGARA, Vice-President of APPA.
Further to the consideration of the reports presented by the Committee of Experts, held in Abuja from 8 to 11 March 2016, the Council of Ministers took the following principal decisions:
1. Prefunding of the study on the evaluation and reform of the Association by the APPA Fund for Technical Cooperation;
2. Adoption of the 2016-2017 Plans of Actions and the budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year of the APPA Secretariat and the APPA Fund for Technical Cooperation;
3. Organization of the APPA Seminar on Local Content in Luanda in November 2016 ;
4. Renewal of mandates of two Group II Executive Staff of the APPA Secretariat;
5. The non-renewal of mandates of international staff of the African Institute of Petroleum Dr. Rilwanu LUKMAN(AFPI);
6. The suspension of AFPI’s activities of pending the outcome of the ongoing reform;
7. The gratitude of APPA to the Arab Republic of Egypt for having hosted AFPI and soliciting the continued support of Egypt in the framework of the future Reform. Read the Final Communique.
As part of the mobilization of funding for the reform of the Association, the Council of Ministers expressed its gratitude to Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria for their donation of F CFA 60 million each and urged other Member Countries to follow this example by also giving donations.
Faced with the drastic fall in crude oil prices since June 2014, the Council of Ministers made a statement giving the position of APPA on this unprecedented situation. Read the Abuja Declaration.
This 33rd Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers was followed by the organization of the 6thAfrican Petroleum Congress and Exhibitions (CAPE VI).