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I am a member of AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators) and an advocate employed in the public sector in Uganda.
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Transparency is only part of the story

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 6:00 5 Comments

There has been increased demand and advocacy for greater transparency in the extractive industries. At the heart of this noble campaign are various NGOs and civil society actors. This advocacy has led to the establishment of the EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative) and the "Publish What You Pay" campaign. Governments and companies are being challenged to deal openly and publish all payments that move from the companies to the countries. It is…

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At 8:38 on July 27, 2011, Bwesigye Don Binyina said…
Welcome aboard brother. It is interesting that Uganda is gaining some expertise in the extractive industries. Hopefully we can cause a paradigm shift in the way our natural resources have been managed for the last decades for the development of country. You are welcome to join the Uganda Contracts Monitoring Coalition- A Multistakeholders' initiative to promote transparency and accountability in public procurment, spending and contractual processes in Uganda. our next meeting is on the 1st, August, 2011 at the PPDA Offices-Nakasero Road at 10.00 a.m.
At 2:38 on July 9, 2011, Dr. Aboubacar FALL said…

You could also contact MrsMukazi at


She was one of the organizers of the Kigali Seminar.




At 1:47 on July 9, 2011, Dr. Aboubacar FALL said…

Please contact Dr.Mamoudou DEME, Director of the ALSF at




PS/ I have noted that you are an AIPN member, I am, as well. keep in touch


At 0:42 on July 9, 2011, Dr. Aboubacar FALL said…

The issue of stabilization clauses is of paramount importance to oil & gas contracts negotiation, specially on the government side.

In that respect, please note that I have recently delivered a research paper on the topic at the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF)-Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) capacity building Seminar on Feb 2011 in Kigali(Rwanda).

The paper discusses the various approaches in this hot topic with an Africa oriented comparative case law.


At 23:42 on July 5, 2011, Ahmed Finoh said…


You asked: "What can be done by policy makers to ensure that Africans obtain the necessary skills.......to transform their societies?"

First of all Africans ( ugandans, Nigerians Ghanaians, etc.) do not necessarily have to produce their own petro-chemical engineers, as an example, to be able to use their well-endowed natural resources to better their societies.

No one country or region alone can or needs to develop expertise in every development sector to fulfil its total capacity. When you visit the Oil Emirates, the guys you see in flowing well- starched gowns with headbands do not look like petroleum engineers or oil platform workers. The oil work there is done by people such as me and you and Indians, the Americans, the Brits, you name them. But goes without saying that these countries are fully utilizing the mineral wealth for the betterment of citizens and the countries.

The answer to your question is LEADERSHIP and GOOD GOVERNANCE.

What is leadership?

It is the ability to channel the collective aspirations of your people.

Resource endowment alone is not a panacea for development. Consider Israel.

A country's development requires a combination of visionary leadership and a supportive good governance culture.


But let us take heart, we are growing leaders all over Africa right now. Such future leaders as you and many other restless young men and women across our continent who are daily asking,


 How come?


One hopeful sign is the quest for regional political integration, as pussed forward by President Museveni at the recent East African community Symposium at Arusha in Tanzania. Let's hope such leaders are sincere and the ideals hold among the people of East Africa. And we hope ECOWAS in West Africa too will follow their east African brothers to begin to deliberate the ideals of a politically integrated West Africa.


At 15:20 on July 5, 2011, Ahmed Finoh said…


 (1)Thanks for clarifying the stabilization clause issues in contracting. As a non-lawyer I just found the "freezing " clauses unconscionable, but I should have known that law is not about morality, that's why she's supposed to be blind.

(2) I believe I have seen Paul Collier's comment about subsoil wealth comparison between Africa and Europe. The satement is a non-point or as a lawyer would say a moot case. What did he expect? Europe is a very old continent compared to Africa in terms of resource exploitation. Why do you think the Chinese are running allover Africa instead of Europe?  And I refuse to see the relevance of his statement but it does not have to be once it comes from outside Africa, it is considered a gospel truth!

(3) You wrote that  "Africa has failed to attract investments for subsoil resource exploration.." Well to tell you the truth, it is not Africa's failure per se for lacking the aggressive resource exploration investments as South-East Asia and other regions. It is the bludgeoning that Africa daily receives in the Western Press. I even admire the courage of all the investors who've couragiously put their monies into Africa. Because with what is written and said about  Africa in the media, It takes a lot of courage for any sane person to touch Africa. If I were an investor and relied on information about Africa from the press, I would not touch Africa with a 10-foot pole.

The good side of this dilemma is that the resources underground do not rut. You'll recall waht late President Sekou Toure of Guinea did for his country by delaying the exploitation of some discovered mineral resources until his people developed the capacity to beneficially manage the extraction of those resources.

The investors will come. That is why the chinese want to forestall everyone else for the rush for Africa's abundant resources.

 But will Africa be ready?

At 4:52 on July 5, 2011, Ahmed Finoh said…


Welcome on board at goxi.

As a petroleum contracts negotiator, what are your thoughts on Stabilization Clauses in international contracts between host governments and international conglomerates?

I am reading reading an IFC and a UN-SRSG report on Stabilization Clauses & Human Rights that noted that 4 of 11 Black African countries contracts contain clauses freezing all laws ( including environmental and social)

Is that the norm for Africa?



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