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Public Eye tested fuel sold in Angola, Benin, Congo-Brazzaville, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal and Zambia. While sub-Saharan Africa includes major oil producers like Angola and Nigeria, limited refining capacity on the continent means that most African oil is sold as crude on the international market. States then import fuel products refined abroad, often from European traders. These transactions often involve regional brokers in Africa, who are sometimes responsible for mixing the fuel.

Public eye called on African governments “to set stringent fuel quality standards” in line with European levels, arguing that was the most effective way to crack down on toxic blends. Fears that banning low-quality blends will raise costs for consumers are misguided, the report said. It noted that measures in East Africa to limit sulphur continent had “no impact on prices at the pump.” Importing better fuel would also lower healthcare expenses and reduce vehicle maintenance costs in the long run, Public Eye argued. With many of the toxic blends produced in Europe and the United States, Public Eye urged Western governments to ban the export of fuel products that do not meet their own domestic standards.

– AFP

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