Successful completion of the second cohort of the HNR4D Workshop. The training was jointly opened by the REPOA Executive Director, Dr Donald Mmari and Silas Olan’g, NRGI Co-coordinator Africa, who set the scene in their brief welcome remarks about the workshop.
REPOA and Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) were honoured to have the workshop officiated by Mr. Trygve Bendiksby the Acting Ambassador to Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) in
Tanzania, who in his speech highlighted the key role the Embassy has played in the efforts to support Tanzania to develop from its natural resources. He noted that “RNE supports a five-year project
titled “Tanzania as a future Petro-state: prospects and challenges”. The programme aims at; improving the extent and quality of research that can contribute to more informed policy making
and public debate in Tanzania, particularly on issues related to the natural resource management for inclusive growth, disseminate this research and knowledge to key decision makers and the public
and build research capacity in Tanzania.”
Organised and delivered by REPOA and (NRGI) from 13 to 17 August 2017 at REPOA, Dar es Salaam. The workshop titled “Harnessing Natural resources for Development- (HNR4D)” was a hands-on “learning from practice” training that focuses on building the understanding of the links between,
and the dynamics of, Extractives Governance and country’s development goals. The training aimed to improve participants’ knowledge not only of policy options and tools to achieve these goals, but also the inherent challenges.
The workshop was facilitated by Dr Blandina Kilama, Senior Researcher and Ms Lulu Olan’g, Assistant Researcher from REPOA. A student-centred approach to learning was used where facilitators and participants played an equally active role in the learning process.
The primary role of the facilitator being to coach and direct the overall comprehension of material. Participants learning was
measured through group projects, class participation and panel presentation on morning recap sessions. The workshop received a wide range of applications of which thirty-three (33) participants were selected. The training had representatives from Government (both central and local), Civil Society Organisations, researchers and academia and Private Sector, with varied experience of the Extractive sector.
Some of the resource persons, from left; Ms Neema Lugangira, Prof Sufian Bukurura and Dr Abel Kinyondo
A total of 12 themes were presented by esteemed experts in respective fields. We had Dr. Donald
Mmari, Executive Director – REPOA presenting in the first session of the training which gave an overview of the Tanzania’s extractives sector and its role in industrialization. This was followed by
Dr. Blandina Kilama – REPOA who presented the overview of Tanzania’s economy. We then had Dr. Rugemeleza Nshala who take the participants through the Political economy of the extractives
sector. We were honoured to have Mr. Daniel Pundu – Director of research at PCCB closed up the day with presentation on the oil and gas sector, corruption vulnerability. To start up the second day,
Mr. Silas Olan’g, Co-coordinator of – NRGI then introduced the natural resource decision chain. We also had Mr. Nathan Mnyawami Director for Corporate Strategic Planning-TPDC who prepared a
presentation on natural gas monetization, presented on behalf by Mr. George Kibakaya. Dr. Abel Kinyondo of REPOA presented on minerals and linkages to the wider economy, Amb. Mwanaidi
Majaar- ENS Africa and Prof Sufian Bukurura- TPDC Chairman made a joint presentation on Legal and institutional framework for extractives sector, Thomas Scurfield – NRGI Tanzania and Ms. Lulu
Olan’g- REPOA made a joint presentation on fiscal regimes. Ms. Neema Lugangira shared her experience on local content and Mr. James Andilile took participants through the revenue
management and macroeconomic Issues of the extractive sector in Tanzania.
Participants were engaged in group exercises to workout taxation principles in the mining sector and policy hub discussions to; understand how revenues from the extractive sector contributes to Tanzania’s public finances as well as analysing and interpreting the allocation of rights process in Tanzania Extractive sector.
The workshop was complemented by a site visit to Kinyerezi Gas and power plants, we were humbled by the reception of both GASCO – TPDC and TANESCO who took the participants through a
great session of electrification from natural gas the process allowed participants to learn about natural gas monetization in practice.
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