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GAPCO or the Gulf Africa Petroleum Company, a company initially promoted by Kotak family of East Africa was started with Petroleum retailing and subsequently expanded into imports and terminalling of petroleum products. GAPCO was incorporated in Mauritius to purchase the assets of oil majors exiting the region. In the mid-90s it bought the shares of Esso Standard in Tanzania and Uganda. Now it works throughout the land-locked Great Lakes region, serving Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Burundi, Congo, Zambia and Malawi.