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East Africa walking a tight rope


This past August, I was fortunate to be part of a regional discussion on East Africa’s budding extractives sector that was convened by Oxfam in Nairobi, Kenya.

The event’s timing and scope stemmed from the different developments being undertaken by partner states in the East African Region, either individually or jointly, to exploit their oil, gas and mineral resources. Uganda has its crude oil refinery and pipeline; Tanzania harbours plans of exporting its natural gas to the Region; Kenya is fast-tracking its crude oil production and also pushing ahead with the LAPSSET project. It is indeed the right time to share knowledge and understand what these developments mean on a national, regional, continental and global level. 

Many such discussions have been held across the Region, and I have participated in a number of them, but for me, this one was different simply because it was more solutions oriented. The agenda was crafted in such a way that the participants, who included civil society, high level representation from the Kenyan Government, media and grassroots communities from resource rich areas, contributed solutions to the challenges inhibiting the prosperity of the extractives sector in the East African Region.

Shaping a new, people-centred narrative

Africa is rising. Africa is ready for business. East Africa is the next oil and mining frontier.

These narratives have largely been shaped by the developed world and, to put it politely, are majorly aimed at exploiting the continent’s natural resources to the benefit of the developed world, with some little crumbs for the host countries here and there depending on the politics at play at the time.

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Supporting the Participation of Ugandan Entities in the Development of the Country’s Oil and Gas Industry

In June 2018, Cabinet passed the local content policy for the oil and gas industry of Uganda. The petroleum resources in Uganda are now estimated at over 6.5 billion barrels of oil, of which 1.4 billion – 1.7billion barrels of these resources is estimated to be recoverable. Expectations are to have Uganda’s “first oil” in 2020. The local content policy was passed to enable national participation in the development of the oil and gas sector. But, beyond the legal framework, there is need for the Government to set achievable targets, and have coordination between the different stakeholders.

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The Standard Gauge Railway: Railing East Africa to development


Since its inception, the Standard Gauge Railway has been the talk on the tables of so many analysts in Uganda and Kenya. Its price being the focal point with comparisons being made between Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. This has delayed the kick-off of the project in Uganda. It is from this background that Africa Centre for Media Excellence organized a talk led by Kasingye Kyamugambi, the head of the Standard Gauge Railway to demystify the myths and state the facts relating to the SGR in Uganda.

Kasingye in his presentation noted that Uganda is in an era of global competitiveness and the cost of doing business must be globally competitive. Investors should be in position to manufacture from Uganda and export their products to other countries at the lowest possible costs.

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