Before the year 2000, the petroleum sector in Cameroon was entirely a prerogative of multinationals. Total, Mobil, Shell and Texaco are some of the names of retail stations that were conspicuous. Some were bought over by others and new names like Oilibya, Corlay MRS emerged erasing Shell, Mobil and Texaco. With the liberalisation of the sector in 2000, nationals joined the sector with First oil being the first indigenous distributor to be created. Today, a myriad of distributors have cropped up including Tradex which has even gone international with filling stations in some CEMAC countries. According to the Minister of Water and Energy, Basile Atangana Kouna, 55 fuel distributors as at January 2017 were present in the local market amongst which 13 are involved in domestic gas distribution as against six in 2000. Total, Oilibya, and MRS Corlay are foreign distributors while local Cameroonian distributors such as Tradex, Neptune, Camoco, Petrolex, Green Oil, Bocom amongst others are competing. The number of filling stations moved from 287 in 2000 to 742 in 2017. The few multinational according to statistics control 48 per cent of market shares while nationals control 52 per cent of the market.