The African Refiners’ Association (ARA) is an NGO that was created on 23 March 2006 in Cape Town (South Africa).

Its members are operators primarily engaged in oil refining and downstream activities, namely storage, transportation and distribution.

ARA, whose headquarters is found in Geneva, also has an operational headquarters which is based in Abidjan. It is made up of three organs which include; the General Assembly, the Executive Committee and the Working Groups.

The 2017 ARA WEEK conference aimed at attaining the goal of clean fuels in Africa was held in Cape Town as pressure intensifies to mark up the quality of gasoline and diesel for African markets.

The General Assembly which held at the end of the ARA WEEK from 13 to 19 March 2017, saw the election of Mr. Ibrahim TALBA MALLA of SONARA (CAMEROON) and Mr. NACRO GAMBETA of SONABHY (BURKINA FASO), as President and Vice President respectively.

The latters will have to lead the various reforms relating to the improvement of the specifications of the AFRI 4 fuels whose target in 2020 is, the decrease from 2000 ppm to 50 ppm in the sulfur content of gas oil, and a low benzene content for gasoline and AFRI 5 by 2025.

Through the support of the initiatives undertaken by its members, ARA is committed to contributing effectively to the achievement of these objectives.

ARA is therefore a gateway to the various African and Extra-African Organizations and Institutions (AU, UNEP, and IEA) as well as governmental agencies, to create new specifications for improving air quality and Combating pollution through the matching of specifications applicable to fuels of European standards.

With regard to the regulation of prices and consumption patterns, the principles of which are the responsibility of each Government of the continent, the aim of ARA is to identify their impact and contribute to raising the awareness of those concerned with the sole objective of improving the standard of living of the populations of the content.

Some challenges awaiting the new management team of the ARA:

Change the fuel specifications to European standards;

Promote a sustained policy of considering fuels and vehicles as a single system to avoid urban pollution and health problems, arising from the use of polluting fuels;

Promote regional specifications for fuels to support the development of an efficient and cost-effective supply chain;

Promote the socio-economic benefits of refining in relation to product imports.

Ultimately, this election honours SONARA and our country Cameroon.


                                      Done in Limbe, 11 May 2017

                                      Blasius NGOME
                                       Director Public Relations,
                                    Communication and Translation