The African Petroleum Producers’ Organization APPO (formerly African Petroleum Producers’ Association APPA) was created on January 27, 1987 in Lagos, Nigeria, to serve as a platform for cooperation and harmonization of efforts, collaboration, sharing of knowledge and skills among African oil producing countries. The founding Members of APPA conceived it as a vehicle for mitigating the continent’s overdependence on external technology and markets for their crude oil. The Headquarters of the organization is in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo. The Organization changed its name from African Petroleum Producers Association (APPA) to African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO) in 2017.