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8 – 11 May. Maputo, Mozambique.
We, as coalition members of Publish What You Pay from 12 Eastern and Southern African countries, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, met under the auspices of Publish What You Pay (PWYP), on the theme of moving from transparency to accountability.
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European Parliament backs Publish What You Pay rules; sends strong signal to the European Commission
LONDON/STRASBOURG – Publish What You Pay, the global coalition of civil society groups, welcomes the European Parliament’s endorsement on Tuesday of plans for EU laws that will require oil, gas and mining companies to be more
Activists Deliver Letter to David Cameron from 200 Ugandans
Ugandan activists have delivered a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, calling on the UK Government to ‘end the resource curse’ by supporting greater transparency in the oil industry. The letter was organised by the Publish What You Pay Coalition and signed by over 200 civil society activists from Uganda.
I am Chairperson of Publish What You Pay Uganda and work for an organisation called Global Rights Alert. In Uganda we are striving to ensure that the recently discovered oil in our country helps us fight poverty, disease and develop economically.
President Museveni may have talked tough accusing some MPs and civil society organizations of selling out to ‘foreign interests’ but the latter have come out to respond, saying they are determined to fight on, to ensure that all Ugandans benefit from the oil resources.
The bottom-line of the chaos over Clause 9 of the oil Bill
Parliament’s committee on natural resources recently submitted its recommendations on contents of various oil bills to Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker, for debate and adoption by the House, but not everyone has been thrilled by the work done thus far.
The bills – Upstream (Exploration, Development and Production Bill 2012) and Mid-stream (Refining, Gas Processing and Conversion Transportation and Storage Bill 2012) – are now going to be scrutinised by Parliament before green light can be granted.
EITI Roundtable Discussion with Clare Short
Thursday June 7, 2012 – 2:00-4:00pm
Imperial Royale Hotel
Clare Short, EITI Chair
Jürgen Reitmaier, EITI Special Regional Advisor
Representatives from Civil Society and Media Houses
Winifred Ngabiirwe, Global Rights Alert/PWYP-U
Key issues from guest speakers:
By Winfred Ngabiirwe, Executive Director, GRA. Chairperson PWYP-U
In February 2012, the Government of Uganda tabled two bills before parliament and sent them to the Committee on Natural Resources for scrutiny and review and opened them to the public for comments.
2011 will go into the annals of Uganda’s history as the year when the oil bubble burst. The last quarter of the year was characterised by much talk on oil that persistent media reports quoted the President advising Ugandans not to be so excited about the recent oil discoveries.
All this after the oil debate reached boiling point and climaxed with a special session in Parliament to discuss developments in the oil industry. At some point, the President was even quoted as having said that sometimes he has to be reminded that we even have oil in Uganda, saying he forgets.