At this usually slack turn-of-the-year time, writers and commentators take the opportunity to look back at what happened in 2017 and venture guesses and advice for 2018. A broad view on many issues are given in the Quarts News Service Africa that among other things look at “How the African economies tipped to thrive in 2017 actually performed” Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the period 25.12.2017 to 07.01.2018
In its World Energy Outlook 2017, IEA focuses on the advantages of natural gas for power generation. The role of natural gas in the future is inextricably linked to its ability to help address environmental problems. With concerns about air quality and climate change looming large, natural gas offers many potential benefits if it displaces more polluting fuels. This is especially true given limits to how quickly renewable energy options can be scaled up and that cost-effective zero-carbon option can be harder to find in some parts of the energy system. The flexibility that natural gas brings to an energy system can also make it a good fit for the rise of variable renewables such as wind and solar PV. Continue reading Petrostate Blog for the weeks 27.11 to 10.12. 2017
A tremor in the worlds petro markets was caused recently by Norway’s sovereign fund proposing to sell off some USD 35 billion of its oil and natural gas stocks. It caused a sharp but temporary drop in the worlds petro-stocks until the Norwegian Central Bank, that manages the fund, explained that they had merely made a proposal to the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry will now consider the proposal and perhaps take it to the national assembly. A final decision is not expected before far into 2018.
Although the environment lobby was jubilant, the Central Bank denied that the shedding of oil stocks took place because the bank saw a future decline in the global petro industry. The Deputy Governor argued that the move was meant to diversify the economy and guard against drops in petroleum prices. Norway derives a hefty 20% of its GDP from oil and gas.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Tanzania is launching the “Tanzania Oil and Gas Almanac & other Tools for Transparency” today,29th of September in Dar es Salaam. The event is hosted in collaboration with OpenOil and the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI).
The event introduces a number of transparency initiatives. Specifically, FES Tanzania, launching its “Tanzania Oil and Gas Almanac”, a Wikipedia and living database for publicly available information around the Tanzanian Oil and Gas sector.
Berlin-based OpenOil has a presentation on the prototype of the “Tanzania Pilot”, a visual demonstration of how much insight is possible by combining many different layers of information on extractive industries in one data package. On the other hand, the NRGI gives a comprehensive analysis of Open Data in extractive industries through looking at a range of NGRI initiatives and projects aimed at promoting accountability and transparency in the field.
For more information visit FES Tanzania website
Four researchers from CMI/NHH and REPOA, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Jan Isaksen, Donald Mmari and Ingrid Hoem Sjursen, participated at the 1st Annual Congress of African Tax Research Network (ATRN) made a presentation of the preliminary findings from the project “Managing the resource curse: An experimental study on the effects of expectations about petro-revenue in Tanzania”.
The Project is a joint work with The Choice Lab researchers Alexander Cappelen and Bertil Tungodden.
The conference took place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 2nd and 4th September, 2015 where Fjeldstad and Isaksen chaired the first two parallel sessions of the conference.
Click here to see the conference programme.
In this article Tanzanian law firm Breakthrough Attorneys offers an extensive analysis of Tanzania’s new Oil And Gas legal framework, with the recently entacted Petroleum Act 2015.
Undoubtedly, the future economy of Tanzania depends on extractive industry as means of economic expansion being both a usable resource as well as a commodity for international trade and finance.
Together, oil and natural gas may bring Tanzania unprecedented mobility, help generate electricity, and are used to produce everything from agriculture fertilizers to synthetic clothing to product packaging and countless other items.
For a full article click here
Dr Donald Mmari had an opportunity to comment on BBC on how Tanzania could soon be entering into a new Fairtrade deal to sell gold to the UK — the first of its kind in Africa.
The BBC reporter Tulanana Bohela said that Tanzania’s hope is that Fairtrade standards will help break the cycle of poverty in the country’s richest region and Dr. Mmari had to give his views on the impact of the fairtrade on the local gold brokers.
“Could it force them out of business? Is Fairtrade really a win-win deal? how sustainable is it considering the dominance of large mining companies”? Asked the reporter and below is the link to the programme clip;
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AFROBAROMETER has recently released the full Round 5 merged dataset for 34 countries in Africa. Toto download the SPSS dataset click here and the codebook click here .
Afrobarometer is an African-led, non-partisan survey research project that measures citizen attitudes on democracy and governance, the economy, civil society, and other topics. Currently Afrobarometer conducts surveys in more than 30 African countries and REPOA is national coordinator for Afrobarometer in Tanzania
This month, the fieldwork for Understanding the resource curse: A survey experiment in Tanzania is in progress in Mtwara, Lindi and Dar es Salaam.
From Monday 20 July, 10 enumerators and 2 team leaders plus field manager Cornel Jahari will be collecting household data in the three regions. Before going to the field, the enumerators had 2 days of training, including a research ethics lecture given by Blandina Kilama.
The study is part of the “Tanzania as a Future Petro-State Programme” (Component 3 “Revenue and Expenditure Management”). In addition to programme managers Donald Mmari and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, the study involves Bertil Tungodden, Alexander Cappelen and Ingrid Hoem Sjursen from the Norwegian school of Economics.
On July 5th, 2015, the Tanzania National Assembly endorsed the Petroleum Bill 2015.