Extractive Industries and Society

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Tanzania is geared towards turning into a gas economy. With natural gas reserves now standing at 55.08 trillion cubic feet (tcf), many large multinational oil companies are managing offshore and onshore operations. Politicians at all levels of government are already planning with the prospective incomes from gas extraction and production in their budgets and the public is expecting a windfall and prosperity for all. Significantly, more legislation is being enacted to govern the sector in the area of transparency among others. This includes the recently signed law on Extractive Industries (Transparency and Accountability) Act, 2015.

Thus, the impending gas economy is a great opportunity and an enormous political challenge at the same time. How the country deals with extractive industries and the accompanying expectations of its populace will determine its future. Yet, without transparency, good governance and political participation, the country could be heading the Nigerian way, not the one Norway took in its beneficial exploitation of natural resources.

In order to enhance transparency and citizen participation in the gas sector, FES Tanzania supports efforts to build proper and publicly accessible information platforms and promotes an open, factual and unbiased policy debate which involves all kinds of stakeholders. We believe that by strengthening democracy in Tanzania, the country will be able to escape the "resource curse" and use its resource riches for an economic development which is inclusive and ecologically sustainable.

Events

World Press Freedom Day Commemorations 2016

On the 2nd and 3rd of May media professionals and stakeholders from the United Republic of Tanzania came together in the city of Mwanza at the shores...

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International Capacity Building Workshop on Migrant Domestic Workers

From the 19th to the 21st April 2016, Leaders from East African domestic worker unions assembled in Tanzania to demand their governments do more to...

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Dialogue on Foreign Aid: Can Tanzania Do Without?

This theme appeared to be highly relevant seeing the recent decision by the US based ‘Millennium Challenge Cooperation’ (MCC) to suspend its...

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Latest Publications

Tanzania Oil and Gas Almanac

With an estimated gas reserve of more than 55 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), Tanzania readies itself to join the gas economy. Large multinational oil...

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The African Media Barometer Tanzania 2015

Even though most African countries enshrine principles of freedom of expression in their constitution, the practice often leaves much to be desired....

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China and Africa – Continuing an Unequal Relationship

In the context of the FES Regional Young Leaders Conference on the topic "China in Africa - International Perspectives and Local Perceptions" that...

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