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

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East Africa’s Oil and Gas Boom – Welcome Remarks

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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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Agenda

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

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Ikal Angelei

Executive Director - Friends of Lake Turkana (Kenya)

A

Peter Veit

Acting Director, Governance Center of Excellence - World Resources Institute

V

Sandy Stash

Vice President, Safety, Sustainability and External Affairs - Tullow Oil

Lunch

E

Ikal Angelei

Executive Director - Friends of Lake Turkana (Kenya)

A

Peter Veit

Acting Director, Governance Center of Excellence - World Resources Institute

V

Sandy Stash

Vice President, Safety, Sustainability and External Affairs - Tullow Oil

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

Welcome Remarks

Coffee Break

Panel 2: Transformative Wealth, Transforming Economies?

S

Ian Gary

Senior Policy Manager - Oxfam America

P

Prosper Ngowi

Professor of Economics - Mzumbe University (Tanzania)

E

Adriano Nuvunga

Executive Director - Center for Public Integrity (Mozambique)

F

Godber Tumushabe

Former Executive Director - Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (Uganda)

Introductory Remarks

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