Petrostate Blog for the Period of  24 June 2019 to 07 July 2019


The complexities of tackling illicit financial flows in practice the example of Tanzania

The issue of illicit financial flows (IFFs) in the mineral sector of African countries has been the recent focus of African regional and national policy discussions.

This paper highlights the influence that the continental IFF agenda has had on Tanzania. The country has made headlines over the past four years for the president’s zeal in dealing with mining companies and their IFF practices. Read more here

Big Sellers: Exploring the Scale and Risk of National Oil Company Sales

In many oil-producing countries, the national oil company (NOC) sells vast quantities of the state’s oil and gas. The sale of a state’s non-renewable natural resource endowment is often a revenue stream that can have a significant impact on a country’s national budget and the state’s ability to fulfil its national development priorities. In this briefing, the authors use data from NRGI’s new National Oil Company database to examine the governance and corruption risks posed by NOC’s oil sales activities. Read more here














Household Budget Survey 2017-18: Key Indicators Report

The main objective of the 2017-18 HBS was to obtain current information on poverty estimation and its associated characteristics and to assess the progress made in improving the living standards of the people. The result will be used for monitoring the implementation of national, regional and global commitments. This report presents a summary of key indicators observed from 2017-18 HBS. The main report will be available in December 2019. The HBS data series is the major sources of information for the estimation of poverty and its associated characteristics in Tanzania mainland. It provides empirical evidence for users to understand the income (using the consumption expenditure as a proxy to income) dimension of poverty. Read more here

Regional Poverty Headcount 2017/18 by NBS

The Big Stuck in State Capability and Premature Load Bearing, Some New Evidence
In the book, Building State Capability one of the explanations of the very slow progress shown in acquiring effective and capability administration in developing countries was that the adoption of “best practice” from countries with different and higher capability administration actually made it more difficult to build capability. Read more here

Supporting development policies towards sustainable livelihoods, industrialization and resource mobilization in Tanzania 
In order to enhance the understanding of the dynamics, challenges, and opportunities in the focus areas of sustainable livelihoods, industrialization, and resource mobilization in Tanzania, UNU-WIDER together with the Uongozi Institute invites proposals from qualified researchers under the three research themes. For further information Read Here
Submission deadline: 31 July 2019

Announcement: Share your Articles!

This year we are welcoming interested parties, who would like to have their articles read by a wider audience through our Petrostate Blog to submit your articles to us. The article should reflect issues related to natural resource debate mainly Oil and Gas and Mining. Articles with focus on Tanzania’s Oil and gas sector are highly encouraged. Please adhere to making the articles brief and informative.

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In The News

President Magufuli opens sh 150billion LPG facility

Efforts to replace charcoal with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in domestic use received a big boost yesterday with the commissioning of Sh150 billion LPG storage and filling facility in Dar es Salaam. Read more from here

Tanzania ‘faring well’ in mineral utilisation
According to the Repoa executive director, Dr Donald Mmari, the direction was good, but the remaining challenge was to build the capacity for local participation in the value chain from extracting, processing and marketing. Read more here

LPG cheaper in Tanzania than Uganda and Kenya says minister

said more companies have invested in LPG in the country leading to more competition, as a result, Tanzania LPG is cheaper compared to Kenya and Uganda. Read more here

LPG access to power growth in Africa

The government of Tanzania has announced that construction works on the long-delayed liquefied natural gas (LNG) project shall commence in 2022. Energy Minister Medard Kalemani said that the government plans to conclude talks with a group of foreign oil and gas companies led by Norway’s Equinor on developing the LNG terminal. Equinor, alongside Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and Ophir Energy and Pavilion Energy, plans to build the onshore LNG plant in Lindi region.  Read more here
The Tanzanite Wall: Production, government revenue and community livelihood
By virtue of Article 27 of the constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania and The Natural Wealth and Resources (Permanent Sovereignty) Act of 2017, the protection of natural wealth and resources in Tanzania belongs to the people and the Government, of which the control is entrusted to the President. With this capacity, in order to protect the country’s natural resource His Excellency the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr John P. Magufuli in September 2018 ordered the army to construct a wall around Tanzanite mining areas (UKUTA) from Block A to D. Read more here

Transfer pricing a reason for concern for Tanzania
Tanzania is among the African countries that are rated as being resource-rich countries on the continent, and which have been keenly developing transfer pricing capability. Read more here

Inside Tanzania’s mineral trading hubs
A series of reforms are changing the Tanzanian mining sector, launched as part of President John Magufuli’s drive to optimise mineral trading. Most recently the country’s government announced its plans to establish mineral trading hubs, with trial centres in the gold-rich region of northern Geita. It is hoped the hubs – controlled by the national government – will provide greater transparency to the country’s mining sector and help to curb mineral smuggling. Read more here

June 2019 issue of the Extract- Dundee Energy Forum 2019 
This issue of the Extract focuses on the key issue of coal. Coal mining and burning are still very much with us. This fact, uncomfortable in the context of climate change action and any low-carbon energy transition, was emphasised with both force and clarity at the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference held in Paris (EITI Paris 2019) last month. Read more here


Upcoming Event

Training workshop for Policy Makers and Civil Society on how best can Tanzania harness natural resources for the realisation of its development goals

The hands-on “learning from     practice” 5-day workshop   focuses on building the   understanding of the   institutions (policies, laws and     regulations, governance   frameworks and oversight   institutions) that underpin the   governance and development   of the extractives sector in line   with country’s development goals. The training aims to improve participants’ knowledge not only of policy options and tools to achieve these goals, but also the inherent challenges and opportunities. for more information click here
Deadline for application: 19th July 2019
Date: 26-30 August 2019        Place: Dar es Salaam

2019 Minerals Under Water Symposium
The Science and Politics of Extractive Industries in the Oceans and 
The University of Delaware is hosting a public symposium on the environmental and social impacts and benefits of mining and other extractive industries underwater – and particularly in the oceans.
Date: August 28, 2019    Place: Coastal Lewes Campus of the University of Delaware, USA











Harnessing Local content in the Extractive sector Value Chain in Tanzania

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Policy, Parliament, Labor, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disabilities, Hon. Jenista Mhagama opened a two-day workshop on local content in the extractive industry in a workshop in Shinyanga that brought together a total of 100 representatives from 11 regions to discuss strategies and development of the implementation of engaging Tanzanians in the East African Oil pipeline (EACOP) project from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga, and the mining sector in general. Read more here (Swahili article)

Date: July 3-4, 2019    Place: Karena Hotel, Shinyanga, Tanzania

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  ( 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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