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Almost every country in Africa has an energy regulator monitoring and controlling local downstream markets, the supply chain, the environment, safety and security factors alongside pricing policy. However, in terms of prerogatives and notwithstanding the government policies specific to each country, force is to note how the perimeter of their responsibilities vary widely.

That is why the RWG is a great common platform for counsel, exchange and training of the ARA Members as well as serving as a means to recommend best practice for regulation of the African Downstream Petroleum sector to all industry stakeholders including governments. The RWG allows for avoidance of regulatory capture by allowing for separate Regulator discussions separate from the sharing of practical experience of market participants.

Papers from the various RWG meetings are available to Members under the library section or from ARA Headquarters upon request.