Cameroon began producing oil in the 1970s and is today regarded as a relatively stable West African country. President Paul Biya has ruled since taking power in 1982, but the lack of a successor creates uncertainty. State presence, regulation, and corruption are present as access risks. Despite the country's stability, seaborne piracy and terrorism in the north of the country affect security. Infrastructure is adequate, but the lack of gas market access creates a significant bottleneck.