Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have made tremendous progress in their efforts towards energy transition amidst their emerging oil and gas sectors. Discoveries of commercially viable fossil fuel deposits have resulted in heightened expectations among the populace because of the direct and indirect opportunities compared to the renewable energy sector. This situation has an implication on the successful energy transition. Correspondingly, citizens in these countries have taken advantage of the growing extractives sector to build their skills and business capacities to take up opportunities in the sector. Notably, there has been a rise in the number of youths taking up courses in technical areas like engineering, geology, plumbing, welding among others. A number of programs have been initiated to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to develop the required standards and competitive edge to take up opportunities in the sector. More importantly, there have been efforts by governments to put in place local content policies and regulatory frameworks to support local participation. Equally, private sector players, including extractive companies, have put in place training programmes in the form of scholarships and partnerships with local training institutions to build the necessary skills for local citizens especially the youth. This has also been reflected in the enterprise related programmes to support local businesses.
- 18th January 2022
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