Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 15 Sept – Sao Tome engineer and manager Carlos Gomes is to be the next executive secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, which links together eight African oil producing countries, including Angola and Nigeria.
Gomes was president of Sao Tome state oil company STP-Petro, and to date worked as part of the board of the Sao Tome-Nigeria joint authority for Oil Exploration.
Speaking to the Tela Non newspaper, Gomes said oil trade security in the region was one of his priorities for his term, together with encouraging other economic activities, particularly fishing.
The organization is headquartered in Luanda, Angola, while Sao Tome is home to the executive secretariat.
The Commission, which was set up in 1999 with the aim of encouraging peace and development in the region, also includes, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, and Congo-Brazaville.
The Gulf of Guinea has oil and gas reserves that are becoming increasingly important to the world and it is estimated that joint production of the countries in the region totals around 4.5 million barrels of oil per day. (macauhub)