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).
While reacting to an international oil market situation which confronted the African developing countries with difficulties of provisioning, the four African oil exporting countries agreed to provide 4% of their oil production to the countries in need.
It was at Brioni (Yugoslavia) in 1984, on the sidelines of an OPEC meeting that the four African oil producers and OPEC members have suggested that Africa adopts a continental structure in the field of hydrocarbons.
Libreville (Gabon) hosts in 1986 the first meetings of experts for the drafting the texts 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.