Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

27 June 2014

Tanzania: New Programme Pushes for Better Extractive Sector Deals

UONGOZI Institute is designing a programme that will help government scale up its negotiation skills in the extractive sector.

The programme will assist government bureaucrats sharpen their skills on policy frameworks, contracts and transactions, among other things.

The Institute's Chief Executive Officer, Prof Joseph Semboja, said in Dar es Salaam that they are currently doing a benchmarking exercise for the extractive sector on behalf of the government that would look at the weaknesses and strengths - with the view to helping them come up with a programme that addresses the existing challenges. It is a highly held view that the discovery of minerals such as gold, gas, oil, is catching experts unawares.

He said that as the government proceeds with formulating a legislation and policy for the sector, their input will be used through a panel of experts that advises government on the same.

Also, of interest is the recently published draft of the local content policy for the gas sector that Uongozi Institute had been asked to advise.

"We will come up with a purely technical report on all these issues including contracts, taxes, revenues, environment, local content, governance, management, among others," he said.

A researcher at the Institute, Mr Denis Rweyemamu said that after the exercise, they will advise government on issues such as capacity building in the extractive sector, coordinate learning forums among others.

He was explaining to a section of the media on demand policy work that the institute has been doing, some of which is largely in the extractive sector.

Based in Dar es Salaam, the Institute is dedicated to supporting African leaders attain sustainable development for their nations and for Africa.

Earlier, explaining the general roles of the institute, Prof Semboja said they sought to inspire leaders and promote the recognition of the important roles of leadership in sustainable development.

He explained that their beliefs as leadership being the key to achieving sustainable development; development of a leader requires specialised grooming and that an African model of leadership is vital for achieving the most favourable development outcomes for the continent.

The institute is an independent government agency established by the government and supported by Finland.

It provides services to senior leaders who have a demonstrable impact upon their society's development, as well as individuals who have been recognised as emerging leaders with the potential to make a positive impact.

He noted that they support African leaders to develop national and/or organisational agendas and oversee the implementation of strategies, analyse local, global and regional developments and interpret their implications within national and organisational contexts.

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