Minister canvases for Ugandan companies’ priority in contract award in oil sector

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Energy and Mineral Development Minister, Ms Mary Gorreti Kitutu addressing 2nd National Content Conference delegates at Serena Hotel, Kampala on Thursday.

Energy and Mineral Development Minister, Ms Mary Gorreti Kitutu, has reiterated the need for Ugandan companies to be awarded contracts in the oil and gas sector prior to their foreign counterparts.

Ms Kitutu was officially opening a two-day 2nd National Content Conference at Serena Hotel, Kampala, organised by Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) this week.

“Ugandan companies should be considered first in contract award in the oil and gas sector. They should come first in everything,” she said.

The minister disclosed that as per the National Development Plan III, the mineral and oil and gas sector has been prioritised among other sectors with the greatest multiplier effect on the economy along with tourism, agriculture, infrastructure and human capital development.

She added that a Multi-sectoral Local Content Committee has been instituted charged with overseeing the Local Content Policy. This committee has been established by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development since it is a lead agency in the development of National Content.

“Government is reviewing the principles for establishment of the Local Content Fund meant to provide Ugandan businesses with affordable financing. All the required consultations will be made during the establishment of the fund.”

This year’s conference was organised under the theme: Linkages between oil and gas and other sectors of Uganda’s economy.”

Linkages under implementation include education and skills development, land use, security, transportation and infrastructure. Linkages under definition include agriculture, financing and fiscal system, tourism, health and housing. Linkages yet to be described are diplomacy and industry.

In the closing remarks read for him by the PAU Executive Director, Dr Ernest Rubondo, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Mr Robert Kasande, observed that although much has been undertaken by both the government and private sector, a lot more was needed.

The conference discussed various linkages between the oil and gas sector and seven sectors including infrastructure and transport, health, agriculture, tourism, financing and land use planning.

(L-R) Mr Vivian Lyazi, ag Commissioner, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities; Dr Fred Kabagambe Kaliisa, Senior Presidential Advisor on Oil and Gas; Ms Lily Ajarova, Chief Executive Officer, Uganda Tourism Board; Mr Amos Wekesa, Chief Executive Officer, Great Lakes Safari.

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