Feb 20

Past Event

East Africa’s Oil and Gas Boom – Promise and Peril

Event Materials



Recent discoveries of oil and gas reserves in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique have the potential to greatly impact and transform economies in East Africa. More than 50 wells were completed in the region in 2012, delivering nearly half of conventional oil and gas resources found worldwide that year. Used responsibly, billions of dollars of new government revenues will support investments in infrastructure and social services; at the same time, these discoveries can engender or exacerbate local conflicts, fuel corruption, negatively impact the environment, and disrupt local communities and livelihoods. 

On February 20, the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings and Oxfam America live webcasted a multi-panel discussion on the East African oil and gas boom. Speakers from government, the private sector, civil society, think tanks and academia examined the contours of the boom; how to maximize benefits from the sector; lessons from other new producers, such as Ghana; the risks facing these countries; and the necessary policy responses needed to make the most of this new found wealth while protecting the rights of people and the environment.

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Event Agenda

  • 9:00 - 9:20

    Welcome Remarks

  • 9:20 - 10:40

    Panel 1: Protecting Rights, Protecting the Environment, Preventing Conflict

    • Moderator

      Maria Ramos

      Senior Program Advisor

      Oxfam America

    • Ikal Angelei

      Executive Director

      Friends of Lake Turkana (Kenya)

    • Bennett Freeman

      Senior Vice President, Calvert Asset Management

      Trustee, Institute for Human Rights and Business

    • Emily Greenspan

      Senior Policy Advisor

      Oxfam America

    • Peter Veit

      Acting Director, Governance Center of Excellence

      World Resources Institute

    • Sandy Stash

      Vice President, Safety, Sustainability and External Affairs

      Tullow Oil

  • 10:40 - 11:05

    Coffee Break

  • 11:05 - 12:35

    Panel 2: Transformative Wealth, Transforming Economies?

    • Moderator

      Ian Gary

      Senior Policy Manager

      Oxfam America

    • Prosper Ngowi

      Professor of Economics

      Mzumbe University (Tanzania)

    • Adriano Nuvunga

      Executive Director

      Center for Public Integrity (Mozambique)

    • Charles Wanguhu


      Kenya CSO Platform on Oil and Gas

    • Godber Tumushabe

      Former Executive Director

      Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (Uganda)

    • Mohammad Amin Adam

      Executive Director

      African Center for Energy Policy (Ghana)

  • 12:35 - 1:15


  • 1:15 - 2:30

    Introductory Remarks

  • Panel 3: Supporting the Way Forward – Business and Policy Responses to Challenges and Opportunities

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Mwangi Kimenyi
    • Simon Thompson


      Tullow Oil

    • Ricardo Soares de Oliveira

      Lecturer, African Politics

      Oxford University

    • Ambassador Carlos Pascual

      Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs

      U.S. Department of State


February 20, 2014

9:00 AM - 2:30 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

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