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Africa's Oil Boom

Duration:
29 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 June 2014

Is Africa ready for its oil and gas boom? The continent already produces about a 10th of the world's oil and gas and that share is set to rise, as new finds from Sierra Leone in the West, to Kenya and Uganda in the East, come onstream. But what impact will all this have on the continent - and will it be enough to meet the energy needs of a fast growing population? In the Balance has a panel of experts from across Africa to answer those questions. Ed Butler hears from Arnold Ekpe, the honorary president of the Business Council for Africa, Tonye Cole co-founder and group executive director of Sahara Group and also Rashid Pelpuo, Ghanaian government minister. And, resident comedian Colm O' Regan goes out and about to discover the heritage of one of the British Empire's great cities.

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