PetroStateBlog 19.03 to 01.04.2018


Resource curse and corruption
You can now read our new Working Paper from the petro-state programme titled “Understanding the resource curse: A large-scale experiment on corruption in Tanzania.” We report from a large-scale field experiment in Tanzania that provides causal evidence on how expectations about future natural resource revenues shape expectations about corruption and the willingness to engage in corrupt behavior.

Good News about the Future of Gas
Tsunamis of innovation in the energy industry which in spite of the horrors of diminishing demand for energy promises gas a stable profile in the structure of its demand at least in the short and medium terms read more from  white paper from the WEF

What makes an accountable state-owned enterprise?
Looking at the success stories and not so successful stories of State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) in the extractive industry the article chats some of the Ideas regarding what makes an accountable SOE in their quest to fulfill their missions amidst broad mix of contradictory goals.

How Does Information About Elite Tax Evasion Affect Political Participation: Experimental Evidence from Tanzania

This study presents results of a randomised field experiment where voters in Tanzania were given information about elite use of tax havens. Information provided in a neutral form had no effect, while information phrased in more morally charged terms led to a reduction in voting intentions. Rather than increase the perceived importance of voting, charged information tends to undermine confidence in political institutions and the social contract. The effects are particularly pronounced among the less well off, indicating that increased transparency in the absence of perceived agency may not improve political participation.


Online training by Prof. Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Co-Director of Petrostate program on Winning Large Scale, Multi Year Research Funds Seminar available on Ngowi TV.

The Centre For The Study Of African Economies CSAE Conference 2018: Economic Development in Africa, was held recently, The Chief Economist of DfID, Rachel Glennerster,  gave a lecture on Evidence in Policy Making (the  lecture begins at 11:45 time mark )  

In The News

Kenya’s 865km pipeline project deal to be completed by mid-2018:

The new 865-km pipeline will be from the Amosing and Ngamia fields in Kenya to the port of Lamu on the Indian Ocean. the primary development stage is expected to target about 210 mmbbl of oil out of total 560mn of proven and probable reserves, with daily plateau production of 60,000-80,000 bpd, according to the source.

Mozambique LNG project provides more than US$10 million for the promotion of agribusiness: The Mozambique LNG project, led by Anadarko, will provide more than US $ 10 million over the next five years in the Province of Cabo Delgado to implement the Catalisa project. This project aims, on the one hand, to promote agribusiness through the development of value chains in poultry and horticulture and, on the other, to empower young people to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise with the development of Rovuma basin gas projects.

Vibrant discoveries and  development of Africa’s Oil and gas sector linkages: The significant oil and gas discoveries off the coast of Mauritania have enhanced the west African country’s appeal as a foreign investment destination. There have been promising seismic results from offshore hydrocarbon discoveries This was the message at a networking and information event hosted this week in London by the Mauritanian British Business Council (MBBC), with plans afoot for a trade mission this year.

Gas rather than oil is the big focus of Mauritania’s hydrocarbon prospectors with plans for floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit to be built and for gas to be used to meet Mauritania’s energy needs. Investment opportunities along the whole value chain are expected to arise for businesses in Britain and beyond. It is also hoped that oil and gas development will boost the fisheries industry, as was the case with parallel development in the North Sea, which is an area where Britain should be able to lend expertise as well as investment.

Why mining execs don’t care if Congo hikes up its profit tax
With the mining code signed into law by president Kabila, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hopes to reap greater rewards from its huge resource wealth. A number of important fiscal changes have been reported, including a profit tax and royalties increase, including a 10% royalty tax on “strategic substances” and a 50% “super-profits” tax. But what will actually happen in DR Congo?

Upcoming events

The 23rd REPOA’s Annual Research Workshop will be held in April with the theme “Towards an industrializing society by 2025: Why National Competitiveness Matters“. The keynote speaker is Paulina Elago, the Executive Secretary of Southern African Customs Union (SACU) .

Location: Dar es Salaam Dates: 4 to 5 April 2018

The 12th Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains 

The Forum is jointly organised by the OECD, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo with the support of the European Union (EU). With the aim to review, discuss and provide way forward for responsible mineral production and sourcing among other things.

Location: OECD, Paris        Dates: 17 to 19 April 2018

Webinar – Her Land Her Story

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), together with the Land Portal Foundation, the Cadasta Foundation and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Thematic Network on Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources, will co-host an interactive webinar to highlight the critical links between securing women’s land rights and promoting sustainable development. The webinar will feature selected stories from the Her Land Her Story campaign. Join in, on Friday, April 20 from 9:30 to 1:00 am EDT / 2:30 to 4:00 pm GMT. Sign up here before Tuesday, April 17. For more information
Location: Webinar                Date: 20 April 2018

UN SE4All Forum:  the 2018 Sustainable Energy For All Forum will bring together more than 750 leaders from government, business, civil society and international organisations to discuss key challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 —  ensuring equitable electricity access, accelerating renewable energy uptake and improving energy efficiency.
Location: Portugal       Dates May 2- 3 2018.

The Tanzania Petrostate Programme Blog is produced by the joint programme of three institutions: REPOA and the NBS in Tanzania, and CMI in Norway with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam. The purpose of the blog is to draw attention to publications and reports on the gas and petroleum sectors, which may be of interest to researchers, politicians and the general public. The blog does not state opinions but merely links to relevant postings on the world wide web with a brief description and/or quotes of the content and opinions stated by authors. The programme and its cooperating institutions are extremely grateful for constructive comments, advice on the blog and website as well as information on important web postings that deals with the petro sector and its role in Tanzania.     

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