African Refiners & Distributors Association

About ARDA

The African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARDA) 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 ARDA Operational Headquarters is in Abidjan, Côte d ’Ivoire.

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

The ARDA 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 ARDA 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 ARDA 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.

ARDA 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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Key Stakeholders

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

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