Petrostate Blog for the period 03.09.2018 to 16.09.2018

Upcoming Book on Extractive Industries: The Management of Resources as a Driver of Sustainable Development
New initiatives recognize that resource wealth can provide a means, when properly used, for poorer nations to decisively break with poverty by diversifying economies and funding development spending. Extractive Industries: The Management of Resources as a Driver of Sustainable Development explores the challenges and opportunities facing developing countries in using oil, gas, and mining to achieve inclusive change.

While resource wealth can yield prosperity it can also, when mismanaged, cause acute social inequality, deep poverty, environmental damage, and political instability. There is a new determination to improve the benefits of extractive industries to their host countries, and to strengthen the sector’s governance. Extractive Industries provides a comprehensive contribution to what must be done in this sector to deliver development, protect often fragile environments from damage, enhance the rights of affected communities, and support climate change action. It brings together international experts to offer ideas and recommendations in the main policy areas. With a breadth of collective insight and experience, it argues that more attention must be given to the development role of extractive industries, and looks to the future to explain how action on climate change will profoundly shape the sector’s prospects.. Read more hereSustainable energy transformations in an age of populism, post-truth politics, and local resistance
The increase of right-wing populist parties, post-truth politics, and local resistance challenges the policies and politics of sustainable energy transformation. The contributions of this Special Issue address at least one of these political phenomena in the context of sustainable energy transformation. They show that populism, especially right-wing populism, and post-truth politics indicate rising political polarisation on climate and energy policies while local resistance indicates the political nature of sustainable energy transformations. More research is needed to explore the causes, nature, and consequences of the increase in extreme positions on climate and energy policies across political parties and individuals. Read More here

Modern Industrial policies Extractive Industries and development
Evelyn Dietsche from Chatham House speaks on Modern Industrial policies, Watch here.
And other Interesting talks on extractive for researchers watch here



Mixed method training

REPOA and CMI under the Tanzania as a future petrostate program will be training young and mid-level researchers on Research methods training, focusing on mixed methods and the use of R software for social science research applications.

Date: 24th – 26th September 2018                        Place: Dar es Salaam

In The News
Tanzania’s Magufuli on warpath with oil companiesPresident Magufuli said the country is unable to generate electricity from its natural gas reserves because the companies have taken full control of the resources. The companies involved in the LNG project are Shell, Ophir, Pavilion, Statoil and Exon Mobil. Read Morehere

Rising oil prices threaten stability
The Bank of Tanzania (BoT) economic bulletin for the quarter ended in June 2018 shows that production cut and higher global demand for crude oil have pushed the prices up by more than 40 per cent in the second quarter of the year, which ended in June 2018, a new report has revealed. Read More here

Uganda’s national oil firm, China’s CNOOC sign exploration deal
Uganda said on Thursday its national oil firm and Chinese offshore oil and gas company CNOOC Ltd had signed an agreement to jointly conduct exploration in a new block in the East African country. Read More here

Kenya warned against removing petroleum tax
Kenya may be forced to triple its borrowing requirements and at a much higher cost if it postpones imposition of the unpopular valued added tax (VAT) on fuel in the wake of ongoing dilution of its public finances, experts have warned. Rating agency Moody’s says in a new analysis of Kenya’s fiscal position that annual borrowing could hit 20 per cent (Sh1.77 trillion) of the gross domestic product (Sh8.845 trillion) or triple the budgeted deficit of Sh559 billion if fails to implement key reform measures. Read more here

Upcoming Events

Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress
Following the success of the inaugural Congress, the Tanzania Oil & Gas Congress returns for a second year, with the support of the Ministry of Energy, TPDC, PURA and EWURA. Focusing on the latest project updates and developments in the oil and gas industry in Tanzania, this is the official platform promoting government and industry collaboration. The Ministry, TPDC and parastatals will be sending delegations to meet and engage with all the key industry players to discuss new opportunities for partnerships and investment.

Date: 24-25 September 2018                      Place: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

25th Africa Oil Week conference
conference brings together Africa’s governments, national oil companies, investors, licensing agencies and corporate oil/gas players shaping the continent’s upstream oil and gas strategy, and provides the most-trusted content and networking platform worldwide on Africa’s hydrocarbon industry. It is the leading business intelligence and transaction platform for Africa’s oil and gas sector.

Date: 5th-9th November, 2018              Place: Cape Town International Convention centre, South Africa

ELLED CoP Webinar: Implementing Local Content Strategy Across Extractive Industry Companies: Converting Corporate Ambitions into Site-Level Success
This webinar features a discussion on effective integration of corporate local value creation strategy in site level operations. Aimed in particular at corporate level sustainability management, site-level procurement representatives, and consultants working with companies on local content strategy, it will feature the insights and experience of two of the global leaders on local content, Shell and Anglo American.

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018                 Time: 9:30 am | Eastern Daylight Time  

The Tanzania Petrostate Programme Blog is produced by the joint programme of three institutions: REPOA and theNBS 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 Petrostate Programme runs a website at where the participating institutions and researchers are presented and the aims of the programme, research results and publications are posted. The programme is also gradually building up a Resource Hub  ( where researchers and other users can download important statistics and information pertaining to the petro sector and its effect on the Tanzanian economy and society. The database covers 20 categories including production and sales of petroleum products, environmental issues, poverty, public budgets etc.

The programme and its cooperating institutions are extremely grateful for constructive comments, advice on the blog and website (link below) as well as information on important web posting that deals with the petro sector and its role in Tanzania.

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