China National Petroleum Corporation's $8 billion oil and gas infrastructure investment through 2035 is shoring up investor confidence in Niger and, coupled with government initiatives, triggering a multiplier effect in the wider economy.

Niger reinstated the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in February and is currently upgrading its petroleum archives while continuing to promote acreage to fresh suitors.

Oil has now replaced uranium as the main driver of its economy, enabling the government to implement its social and economic strategy, says the Petroleum Ministry's Director General for Hydrocarbons, Boube Hamani.