Event Description

Context of the Event

Local content is an evolving topic for foreign direct investment in the extractives industry around the world. Following successful exploration in 2012, resulting in initial estimates of up to 750 million barrels of oil, the local content debate in Kenya has intensified as operators prepare to move into the development phase of the projects. These developments have generated significant expectations across Kenya’s various stakeholder groups, particularly in the private sector and civil society. There is an urgent need to build a structured and facts-based engagement process, bringing together key stakeholders from all sides of the Kenya local content debate and to drive a shared vision for the country’s petroleum sector.

Petroleum Business Opportunities (PBO) project

The primary objective of the Petroleum Business Opportunities (PBO) project over the next five years is to build capacity in selected Kenyan sectors/firms to assure they successfully engage in business with the nascent Oil and Gas (O&G) sector. The PBO project is focused on increasing the development impact of the Oil and Gas sector through leveraging such opportunities, improving the ability of the Kenyan private sector to supply goods and services to the Oil and Gas sector, thereby increasing domestic income and employment. This contributes to ensuring that Kenya’s growing extractives sector generates equitable, inclusive and sustainable benefits to Kenyan citizens.


DAI SBG expertly navigates the intersection of development and business, enabling companies and communities to prosper together. Drawing on our 46 years of experience in emerging markets, we help companies enter new markets quickly, expand existing operations, and reduce investment and operational risks by engaging productively with local vendors and communities. SBG works with companies in the oil, gas, mining, renewable energy, infrastructure, and retail sectors to provide solutions to business needs, including:

  • Local Content and Supply Chain Management. We use our suite of analytical tools and data sets to uncover market insights that optimize local supply chains and maximize local content capture.
  • Corporate Social Investment. We design and manage impactful initiatives that promote community development and improve human capital to achieve our clients’ sustainability goals.
  • Government and Community Engagement. We secure our clients’ social license to operate by assessing above-ground risk and establishing trusted partnerships with key stakeholders to mitigate those risks.
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SEIC is an autonomous Kenyan research centre specializing in multi-disciplinary stakeholder research into the social science aspects of oil, gas and mining at the Strathmore University School of Law. SEIC seeks to bridge theory and practice in Kenya’s (and the broader East Africa region) extractive sector and support constructive dialogue and collaboration among companies, relevant agencies of government, civil society and local communities through its key activity of research.


Target Audience

The local content exchanges participants will include industry professionals, government officials, companies/investors, civil society organizations, local service providers and consulting firms.

Those who will attend include: Government, the senate, companies/investors civil society organizations, local service providers and consulting firms

What will be discussed

The discussion will be seperated into three major categories: Local Content Framework , Local Content Policy Tools and Local Content Implementation

Local Content Framework

Local Content Policy Tools

Local Content Implementation

Key Participants

A variety of stakeholders drawn from private and public sector related to the petroleum industry.

Mr. Toks Azeez

Mr. Toks Azeez

Keynote Speaker

With over 22 years experience in the oilfield with Baker Hughes across Africa, Europe and North America, in several senior management roles including operations, business development, sales, applications engineering and legal compliance, Toks Azeez is currently the Sales and Commercial Director for Baker Hughes, a GE company which operates in more than 120 countries globally, providing the oil and gas industry with products and services for oil drilling, formation evaluation, completion, production and reservoir consulting. Toks brings extensive practical local content experience globally and has been instrumental in developing local content in Kenya.

Toks holds a B. Sc. in Geology and has obtained numerous industry-sponsored certificates. He has also co-authored and presented several papers at SPE and SPWLA forums as a member of several organizations including the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Mr. James Mbote

Mr. James Mbote

Keynote Speaker

Mr Mbote, is a seasoned engineer with vast experience in the global upstream oil and gas industry. His oilfield experience spans from 1999 working in drilling rigs operations and then moving to Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) where he rose to the position of Country QHSE Superintendent in charge of several drilling rigs. James has worked with Halliburton, Shell Iraq Petroleum Development (SIPD), Nabors Drilling International Limited (NDIL) and Woodside Energy PTY.

His experience spans several countries including Tanzania, Libya, Oman, Yemen and Kuwait. Mr Mbote is founder and managing director of Kenyan company Oilfield Movers that provides logistics operations and services for the upstream oil and gas industry in the Eastern Africa Region. He also runs an oilfield support services company (ROLSS Ltd) which operates in Kenya, Uganda and the larger Eastern Africa. Mr Mbote is widely recognized as a Kenyan, and East African, local content success story and will be sharing his rich experience and perspectives around the challenges and what it takes to succeed in the oil & gas service industry.




Eng. James Mwangi is the current Governor for Energy at the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya’s largest private sector association, and CEO of Kurrent Technologies, one of Kenya’s leading integrated Engineering, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) consulting companies. Eng. Mwangi has over twenty years of experience in the oil and gas industry, both in Kenya and internationally and is a living example of local content in Kenya.

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