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Oil Boom In East Africa Predicted
ISSUE 119
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Headlines

- Through Jawahir’s Efforts, Somaliland Gets New Friends In Africa

- Mr. Gunnar Kraft meets with Somaliland organizations
- Jama Yare and Sifir Lobbying For Isak Seats at Nairobi Talks

- ONLF Burns Down Two Trucks Owned By Somalilanders

- Oil Boom In East Africa Predicted

- UK Advises Against Travel To Somaliland

Health

- 'The Children Were Always Having Chest Infections'

International News

- No Entry For Kenyans; Declares Somali
- Faction Leaders Plan Separate Conference in Jowhar

- Somali Students Push For Acceptance

- Old Guard Helps With Flood Recovery In Djibouti

- 6 Killed in Clan Clashes

- Foe Of Somalis In Maine Guilty Of Murder Plot

- Religious Row Over Aid In Somalia

- Learning Language, Happy To Be Here, 'To Save Our Lives'

- Terrorists Could Use Somalia

- Between Somalia And Nigeria

- Worth The Paper It's Written On?

Peace Talks

- Somali Peace Talks Set to Resume

People

- Bakoko Scoops UN Award

Editorial & Opinions

- Jama Yare, Sifir and Aw Hasan do not represent Somaliland

- ONLF And Al-Itihad, Two Faces Of The Same Coin

- Education Programme

- War Through The Eyes Of Somali Women

- The Poisoning Of Somaliland Politics

- Meet Somalis In The UK

- Jamhuuriya And Its Readers Have Jumped To The Wrong Conclusion

- Government Sponsored Crises In Hargeisa City Council


Jeevan Vasagar in Nairobi

Nairobi, April 29, 2004 (The Guardian) – Africa’s Indian Ocean coast is poised to become a new source of oil and gas on the continent, according to a US oil industry expert whose firm has been carrying out satellite and geological surveys of the region.

West Africa, which supplies the US with 15% of its oil imports, has been the traditional focus for oil exploration on the continent.

But in an interview published on the US State Department's website, oil firm director Chris Machette-Downes said: "East Africa is very likely to become one of the hottest oil exploration frontiers in the next few years."

Commenting on a survey of the coast from the Kenya-Somalia border to South Africa, he said that for years east Africa had only been regarded as good for natural gas production, but that view had changed.

Oil production is already under way in Sudan. A host of companies are exploring offshore in the region, including Shell and the Anglo-US firm Aminex off the coast of Tanzania.

Mr. Machette-Downes predicted that any major finds of oil in east Africa would be exported chiefly to oil-hungry Asian nations.

Chinese and Indian companies, as well as the Malaysian firm Petronas, are already involved in oil extraction from Sudan.

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