The objectives and purposes for which the Association is hereby constituted include:
promotion of co-operation among Member Countries in hydrocarbon exploration, production, refining, petrochemicals, manpower development, acquisition and adaptation of technology and legal matters;
promotion of technical assistance among Member Countries in the areas in which individual members have acquired valuable experience;
promoting co-ordination of marketing policies and strategies of Member Countries through exchange of information with the aim of safeguarding their depletable resources and realising equitable revenue from exports;
increasing the understanding of energy situation and policies in Member Countries through co-operation with a view to meeting domestic energy needs, and
studying ways and means of providing assistance to net oil importing African countries to meet their energy requirements.