Recently, transparency become hot in Tanzania’s Oil and gas Sector. Many organisations work hard on launch their findings to promote transparency in natural gas industry
Yesterday the Friedrich- Ebert -Stiffung (FES) Tanzania, launched its “Tanzania Oil and Gas Almanac” and present other tools aimed at promoting transparency in Tanzania’s oil and gas industry. you can also read: fes launched tanzania oil and gas almanac
Also on september 1st 2015, Twaweza organization released their findings which has shown 77 percent of Citizens want more information on recent natural gas discovered.
Few days ago Poverty alleviation (REPOA) and Center for global deviation has done research, and their findings shows that most Tanzanians support publishing of all oil and gas contracts and government revenue generated from oil and gas . Read here:citizens of Tanzania support-extracting and selling of natural gas internationally
The key question here is why these various organizations try hard to promote transparency in natural gas industry in Tanzania?
They do all of these because transparency is necessarily important for emerging oil and gas producer country like Tanzania.
Now let us See
Why transparency is very crucial in Tanzania’s Natural gas industry?
1.Manage public expectations
By citizens being aware of the time frame of production, how big discovery it is, educate them difference between a discovery and a commercially proven discovery, we would be able to manage public’s expectations like massive job creations to Tanzanians, you can also read . see why discovery of natural gas in Tanzania Could not bring too many jobs to Tanzania as they believe
2.Improve fairness to Citizens
Disclosure of financials data and contracts can help convince both citizens and companies that the process is fair,.
By identify which group require specific communcation including citizens living nearby producing regions, it might reduce conflicts and chaos, what happen in Mtwara was due to lack of right information to the citizens.
Tanzania as a new gas producers, by contract disclosure benefit the country because make the term public available can increase public support for project.
5.Wining the trust of Citizens
Disclosure of information related to tendering and licensing process could raise the citizens confidence as the revenues generated from the Natural gas industry would not only stay in the hand of corrupt leaders and rich men instead will all citizens and country will benefit as whole.
MY FINAL WORDS
Transparency is very essentials in Tanzania’s Natural gas industry,also engagement of average citizens is particularly important in avoiding conflict. Also those information should published in both swahili and english language so as can be easily understod to every one
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