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THE NORWEIGEN MINISTRY of Foreign Affairs have announced that Environment and International Development Minister Erik Solheim is set to sign an agreement with six African countries aimed at helping them gain control of their oil and gas resources.


Under the agreement, Norway will provide assistance to Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mauritania and Senegal to help the establishment of their continental shelves.

The countries in turn have agreed to co-operate with one another.

“We are seeking to ensure that countries in Africa have control over the resources in their own sea areas,” said Solheim.

“Norway has valuable experience for countries in Africa, and is now in a position to help them to establish control of their own oil and gas resources

“This is an important contribution to the fight against poverty. We are delighted that these countries will now have better opportunities for development.”

The agreement will cover areas that are in the outer limit of the continental shelves - beyond 200 nautical miles.