ARA WEEK 2016 Press Release post-conference


AFRICAN REFINERS  HIGHLIGHT THE CHALLENGES TO PRODUCE & DELIVER THE PRODUCTS OF THE FUTURE: INVESTMENT IN REFINERIES, SUPPLY INFRASTRUCTURE , EDUCATION AND TRAINING


Mr Jamal Ba Amer, the Managing Director of the SAMIR refinery in Morocco, having been Vice-President of the African Refiners Association for the last year, was appointed President of the Association at their Annual General Meeting in Marrakech on Monday 14th March, with Mr Ibrahim Talba Malla, Managing Director of the Sonara refinery in Cameroon, replacing him as Vice-President.
Mr Ba Amer expressed his thanks for this honour bestowed upon him by his African peers. He reminded delegates that the ARA had built up an African Energy Road Map over the last ten years and now was the time to implement. He lay down the policies on which the foundations of the Plan are built:

  • For fuel specifications to evolve towards European standards
  • To promote the policy that to avoid urban pollution, and the consequent health problems caused by ‘dirty’ fuel, fuels and vehicles need to be treated as one system – there is no point in improving fuel specifications without implementing and enforcing vehicle and plant exhaust emissions controls
  • To promote regional fuel specifications to aid an efficient and economic supply chain
  • To integrate biofuels into the petroleum supply chain
  • To promote the socio-economic benefits of refining versus  product imports 
  • To promote regional solutions for downstream infrastructure investment in order to establish a safe, sustainable, economic and efficient supply chain
  • To promote personal development and training of Africa’s greatest asset – their people

 

Mr Ba Amer made it plain that the downstream oil industry cannot fail in its objectives. “If we fail,” he stated, “the very economic growth on which Africa depends for its future will not be met. Our refineries will shut and inefficient fuel distribution infrastructure will constrain delivery of the low cost, high quality fuel needed and deserved by the growing African economies and their people.”


The ARA was formed ten years ago in order to provide a pan-African voice for the African oil supply, refining and distribution industry. The ARA represents not only their African refinery members but also many product importers, storage companies, marketers and government regulators. Its annual conference is the only meeting place for downstream oil in Africa. For further details see www.afrra.org or contact the ARA on info@afrra.org