Can Oil, Gas and Minerals Fuel Development in Africa?
Welcoming remarks: John Shattuck, CEU Rector and President
Moderator: Daniel Kaufmann, President, Revenue Watch Institute - Natural Resource Charter, London/New York
- Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Lecturer in Comparative Politics (African politics), Oxford University
- Prosper Ngowi, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Mzumbe University, Tanzania
Recent discoveries of oil and gas reserves in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique have the potential to greatly transform economies in East Africa. Used responsibly, billions of dollars of new government revenues will support investments in infrastructure and social services; at the same time, these discoveries could exacerbate local conflicts, fuel corruption, negatively impact the environment, and disrupt local communities and livelihoods. The panelists will examine the decisions, roles and responsibilities of government, civil society and the international community working together to make the most of this newly found wealth while protecting the rights of people and the environment.