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TZ, Uganda private sectors  insist on EACOP local content

TZ, Uganda private sectors insist on EACOP local content

TANZANIA’s private sector players and their Ugandan counterparts have emphasized on the importance of large scale companies that execute the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project to partner with local companies.

The Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) and the Private Sector Foundation of Uganda (PSFU), representing the private sector players in two countries, said the joint venture would help locals to exploit opportunities that will be produced during the execution of the project.

TPSF Chairperson Angelina Ngalula told reporters in Dar es Salaam recently that Ugandans and Tanzanians stand a chance to reap benefits from the 1,443-km crude oil export pipeline project only if the mentioned key players join forces to seize the opportunities including tenders to supply constructing materials and food.

Briefing on eight areas of focus highlighted by TPSF and PSFU at Tanzania and Uganda Oil and Gas Symposium held in Dar es Salaam, last week, Ms Ngalula said the awareness of project opportunities was another aspect that should be stressed since “there are many opportunities on all aspects of the projects in various sectors.” Another key area of focus, according to the chairperson, is the collaboration between TPSF and PSFU in working with members in ensuring adequate training on Standards and Health, Safety and Environment Management (HSE).

“Compliance capacity on project standards and requirements, competence and quality are key to accessing the project opportunities in particular for SMEs as most of the SMEs lack the capacity to project standards and requirements,” she said

“Capacity building initiatives and those of other training institutions must be geared to building the capacity of registered vendors and suppliers to meet project standards and compliance requirements,” she insisted.

Ms Ngalula said awareness creation on the available opportunities must be made by Tanzania and Uganda in collaboration with large, medium and small enterprises.

Capital skills and technology transfers are key as may not be available in some entities but may be available through joint ventures.

“Seventh key focus area is skills mismatch in a sense that our youth risk losing most of the employment opportunities to foreigners. Our universities and education institutions should work with the private sector to understand skills required for this project and other projects to be able to empower our graduates with employability skills,” she added.

TPSF and PSFU were of the view that access to affordable finance for SMEs was key to facilitate participation in available project opportunities as Ms Ngalula added: “We encourage banks to develop affordable SME’s products around the ring-fenced goods and services identified in the Host Government Agreement.”

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Author: SAULI GILIARD

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