First EITI conference in Uganda a success

The first ever conference on the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Uganda was held on the 14th and 15th of March 2013 at the Lake Victoria Serena Hotel under the theme “EITI-in Uganda –Time to implement”.

The two day conference brought together a number of participants within and outside Uganda that included MPs, the Civil Society, the Judiciary, the Religious fraternity and the Embassies in the country as well as a big number of foreign delegates from the US, UK, Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania to share their experience on the same.

The main objective of the meeting was to bring together selected stakeholders to discuss and propose a way forward on the adoption and implementation of EITI in Uganda’s oil sector through the ongoing oil legislation. The participants all recognized the need for transparency in the oil sector as the only tool that would ensure that the government is accountable to the citizens. This way, the citizens would act as watch dogs to ensure that the oil monies are managed and how much is coming in.

“Oil is a resource owned by Ugandans, we have the right to know its value and how much the oil companies are paying to the government, and government should also let us know how much it is getting and what government is going to do for us to ensure that our development plans and programs are implemented,” said Winnie Ngabiirwe the Executive Director of Global Rights Alert and one of the organizers of the event. Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), ACODE and Publish What You Pay (PWYP).

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