African Refiners & Distributors Association

About ARA

The African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA) is the only pan-African organization for the African downstream oil sector. It was established on March 23, 2006 in Cape Town, South Africa and the ARA Operational Headquarters is in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The ARA structure comprises an Executive Committee (led by the ARA President), a General Assembly and several Work Groups that serve as forums for sharing global best practices amongst its Members and industry stakeholders.

The ARA Members, Executive Committee and Work Groups reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of the African continent as well as all players in all parts of the Downstream oil sector across Africa.

The ARA supports its Members by fostering cooperation with relevant governments, industry groups, regulatory agencies, financial & academic institutions and other NGOs to promote fair economic policies to attract sustainable investments across the entire African downstream value chain.


The ARA is equally committed to improving the quality of fuels marketed within the African continent to ensure that the projected increased medium-to-long term energy demands do not result in unmanageable levels of urban air pollution.

ARA History

The original concept for an association for African refineries was originally conceptualized in the late 1970s which translated to the first sub-Saharan African initiative –

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ARA Management

Mr Anibor Kragha

Executive Secretary

Mr Anibor Kragha became Executive Secretary of the ARA in April 2020 after serving as the President of the

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ARA Vision & Mission


The ARA’s vision is to serve as the leader in Africa’s transition to cleaner fuels.  In that vein, the ARA promotes harmonization of cleaner

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Key Stakeholders

To promote fair economic policies in respect of all downstream oil activities across the African continent, the ARA cooperates with the relevant industry groups, governments,

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