Impact of Oil Discoveries in Africa and its Resultant Effects on Demand For Language Translators

The process of exploration for oil and gas fields on the African Continent has been going on for decades.  And this process of discovering new oil fields is a continual, ongoing process. Various oil companies in the world have invested millions of dollars in new fields, hoping and aiming for a tenfold return.  The discoveries of new gas fields in Mozambique and Tanzania, not forgetting the hydrocarbon findings in Uganda and Kenya, have raised the interest of oil companies and other energy investors.

Africa used to be an under-developed region, where poverty, hunger and sickness were rife. Epidemics used to spread like wildfire and the UNO, WFO, USAID, and other aid organizations were always engaged in helping these unfortunate people.  Now, the new oil discoveries in Africa are a ray of hope for the people. But a recent study tells us that while the prospects for the African people are not so “bleak” today, most of the inhabitants of this region don’t share the same enthusiasm as some of the companies performing the excavations for oil and the countless other changes taking place on the continent.  A recent interview of a fisherman in Ghana living close to the “Jubilee Oil Field” stated that the people don’t know anything about how increasing global exports are going to improve their standard of living. While there are helicopters in the skies and big ships anchored off shore, the fisherman feels as though the people living on the land need to recognize that it is their land and should be their claim to the resources taken out of it.

The economy of the African Continent will surely experience a “boom” as a result of the present oil discoveries as the oil and gas companies have started taking interest in the barren land of Africa. New investors will bring more job opportunities with them, which will be a beginning of prosperity for the African people.

Even in recent times, the new oil discoveries in Africa have fueled demands for Chinese, Portuguese and French translators. Oil industry workers from various countries are employed on these oil fields, and many of them cannot communicate in a language other than their own mother tongue. This increases the need for French, Chinese, and Portuguese translators. There is a big percentage of people from these countries working in the oil fields of Africa. And communication with their superiors often causes hindrances. These people are unable to understand each other well. In addition, any English speaking employer is unable to understand them.

Therefore, the new oil discoveries in Africa have increased the demand for translators. People who can perform the job of a translator must welcome this opportunity. Portuguese, French and Chinese translators can solve the communication problems of the people working in these oil fields and render the most beneficial services in this regard.

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