The Energy Regulation Board of Zambia (ERB) has announced that starting from 15 February 2018, it will be using chemical marking technology to try and put a stop to the trade of illicit fuels in the Southern Afrikan country. This comes after the ERB recently announced Authentix as the successful bidder of the public procurement process for this project.

As part of the project, Authentix will be making use of their fuel supply integrity offering named Vigilant.

"In our experience operating nine fuel marking programs across Africa, the return-on-investment measured by recovered excise taxes far outweighs the operational costs of the program. In twenty years of designing and operating covert fuel marking programs, we estimate to have recovered over USD 1 billion to governments," said Kevin McKenna, Chief Sales and Services Officer at Authentix.

Reports suggest that illicit fuels smuggled into Zambia or fuel adulterated with inferior products, does not meet the ERB's high-quality standards for fuels and may also include harmful substances that can pose a threat to public health and the environment. Authentix Vigilant, the company's covert fuel marking program, will support the Zambian government's fuel integrity program and the government's commitment to ensuring clean and high-quality fuel supply to support local commerce.

In addition to the positive environmental and societal impact, it is hoped that the Authentix fuel marking program will return positive economic results for Zambia. Leading up to the awarding of the tender, Authentix assisted the ERB in assessing the current supply chain, designing a program to meet their goals –including enforcement, and selecting from Authentix portfolio of covert chemical markers and analyzers, to deliver the most effective program tailored to Zambia's unique needs.

Authentix has been working with governments around the world for over two decades deploying programs that combat smuggling, diversion, and other tax avoidance schemes or illegal activities.

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