To develop its activities, the Association quickly established itself as an association with a formal structure comprising: the General Assembly, the Executive Committee, Work Groups and legal headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and Operational Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
The members of the Executive Committee and the various Work Groups reflect the geographic and cultural diversity of the African continent. Members of the Association represent stakeholders and actors from all parts of the downstream oil sector across Africa.
The ARA aims to promote fair economic policies in respect of all downstream oil activities across the African continent. The ARA strives to help its Members to develop with their Governments coordinated pan-African policies on oil supply, refining and distribution in Africa that are consistent with international agreements while promoting local investment, employment, training and development in a safe and clean environment. The ARA is active in promoting the sharing of global best practice amongst its members and other industry stakeholders.
The ARA is equally committed to improving the quality of fuels marketed within the African continent in order to remove urban air pollution. To achieve this aim, the ARA supports a coordinated, regional approach in the many African countries with a common supply chain.
The ARA works with all downstream stakeholders, including car manufacturers, Governments, banks and international financial institutions, in order to attract the necessary investment in the downstream oil sector.
a) Oil and by-product refining companies operating in Africa (refinery).
A refinery is defined as an industrial feedstock processing plant (crude oil, coal or gas) for the production of petroleum products (including bitumen and petrochemicals).
b) Legal entities operating in the import, storage, transport, distribution and regulation of petroleum products and which, in one or more countries in Africa:
Admission of Members is the responsibility of the Executive Committee on a proposal of the Executive Secretary.
The opportunity to be a key player in deciding ARA policy on pan-African downstream developments - respecting commercial, socio-economic and environmental factors
Take part in ARA WEEK - the meeting place for downstream oil in Africa
Have the right to vote at the ARA Annual General Meeting
5 delegates to the ARA Annual General Meeting (AGM),
5 delegates to the President’s cocktail and gala dinner during the ARA WEEK
Nominate participants in ARA work groups:
Invitations and free participation to industry seminars throughout the year
The possibility to meet and share experiences with regional, pan-African and international companies
Access to the ARA African Downstream Database offering data on supply/demand, specifications, facilities and pump prices
Your company link on ARA website
Participation in regional studies
Reduced training fees
Reduced Storage and Distribution Forum fee
Free participation in ARA laboratory round robin tests
Get 25% discount at the CITAC Downstream Workshops held during the ARA WEEK after the AGM