Centralized Information and Procurement System
Centralized Information and Procurement System (“CIPS”) is a system that is going to collect information on the petroleum sector and allow procurement of petroleum products from key suppliers and storage depots. This system will also allow the community to provide feedback on retailers and distributors, including highlighting shortages. CIPS will be rolled out to all stakeholders such as retailers, including the filling stations and mobile filing stations, storage depots, Oil Companies, Lesotho Revenue Authority, and Internal Distribution Companies. The purpose of this system will be to improve reporting, information collection, and data analysis for the Fund, by creating a centralised information system through which all stakeholders will be required to report information to the Fund. Internal Distribution Network Creation of an internal distribution network owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. The Fund will select and appoint 3 key distributors to deliver to all registered retail outlets on the Centralised Information and Procurement System (“CIPS”). Each of these distributors will be granted a concession in terms of a region where these distributors will have the exclusive right to deliver to registered outlets in the region, in return for delivering to all of these outlets at an agreed price, including existing filling stations. The purpose of this initiative is to reserve ownership of local transportation of petroleum products for local Basotho Entrepreneurs.
Mobile Filling Station Network(MFSN)
It is the development of a Mobile Filling Station Network (MFSN) in key locations in the highlands and rural areas to improve access and distribution of petroleum products in those areas. The purpose of these mobile filling stations is to improve access to petroleum products in underserviced areas, specifically the highlands and rural parts of the country.
LP Gas Cylinder Filling Stations (LPFS)
There shall be an establishment of the LP Gas Cylinder Filling Stations (LPFS) to existing infrastructure such as traditional filling stations, as well as mobile filling stations. It is recommended that, as a secondary priority, the Fund investigates the possibility of rolling out these self-contained LP Gas Cylinder Filling Stations (“LPFS”) at existing filling stations and new mobile filling stations. This will allow the Fund to leverage existing infrastructure, reducing the potential costs of establishing the infrastructure, and operational costs in terms of security, management, labour, and electricity.
Paraffin Automatic Dispensing Machine (ADM)
It is an establishment of a Paraffin Automatic Dispensing Machine (ADM) network across the country, especially in the underserviced areas of Lesotho. Paraffin can be bought directly from these ADMs either through the use of a prepaid card or code, similar to acquiring airtime. The Fund will create a concession for the roll-out, support, and maintenance of the Paraffin ADMs nationally by a locally owned company to be selected by the Fund.