From 7th June, the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) began the first in a series of validation workshops to present the preliminary key findings from country studies on local content and value addition in mineral, oil and gas (MOG) sectors in selected African countries.
These multi-country workshops included the mineral, oil and gas sectors of Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia. The country studies looked at the challenges and opportunities primarily for local employment, use of local goods and services, level of local ownership and management and participation of local financial institutions, local processing in the MOG sectors following the rise in local content and value addition policies and laws in African countries.
The first workshop took place in Abuja (Nigeria), followed by Lusaka (Zambia), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), and Johannesburg (South Africa) between June 6 – June 18. The remaining workshops in Mozambique, Burkina Faso and Ghana took place in July.
The aim of the country workshops was to bring together key players in the selected countries from industry, government officials, academia – key stakeholders that work in the mineral oil and gas sectors. The workshop objective was to provide a platform for stakeholders to validate the research findings, provide further insights and knowledge for recommendations to improve the benefits from the natural resources sectors accruing to the country and its people. The broader aim of the project was to provide significant cross country learning.
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