The African Petroleum Producers' Association (APPA) is an intergovernmental organisation created in 1987 in Lagos, Nigeria, to serve as a platform for African petroleum producing countries to cooperate, collaborate, share knowledge and competences.
It aims to promote common policy initiatives and projects in all facets of the petroleum industry with a view to maximising the developmental and welfare benefits accruable from petroleum exploitation activities in the Member Countries in particular and in Africa in general.
The Association is convinced that African petroleum producers are better positioned to create maximum leverage from their resource endowments when they adopt a common platform for oil and gas policy initiatives and development strategy.
APPA currently comprises eighteen Member Countries namely, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, Libya, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Sudan.
Altogether, these countries account for virtually the totality of Africa's oil and gas reserves and output.
APPA's membership thus includes all of Africa's most natural-and human-resource endowed nations, attributes that position these countries to power Africa's industrial and technological take-off.
APPA is committed to seeking understanding, cooperation and partnerships primarily within but also outside the African continent.
The Association is determined to work vigorously with regional as well as international organisations/institutions in the process of transforming its vision into continuing beneficial results for its Member Countries.
The Association is aware that it must continuously deliver on its vision, in order to remain worthwhile to its stakeholders.
APPA sees its long-term role as that of a strategic focal point in hydrocarbon development matters in Africa.