Africa keeps slipping behind the rest of the world in its social and economic development. According to United Nations statistics, the number of people living in poverty in Africa has doubled over the past 20 years. At the same time, the world has grown increasingly dependent on African oil and gas resources. Africa now produces about 12 percent of the world’s oil, with China, Europe, and the United States especially looking to the “Big Four” African hydrocarbon producers ̵…

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