The policy dialogue was hosted in partnership with African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and African Natural Resources Centre (ANRC).
The Uganda high policy dialogue was held on 26th June 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel. The dialogue marked the crowning of the SME capacity building to deliberate on key policy issues critical to Uganda’s petroleum sector. The dialogue forum also acted as a dissemination forum for the issue paper and Uganda policy brief. The Uganda policy brief sought to outline key policy consideration-critical to improving participation of Uganda SMEs in Uganda’s petroleum sector. The policy dialogue brought together 79 key players in Uganda petroleum sector from government, private sector, SMEs, banking sector as well as key law firms among others. The forum was a replica of the Kenyan high-level policy dialogue which also included panellists from both countries to enrich the discussions. Key reflections from the SME training and Kenya dialogue were presented during the forum. This sought to lay ground for the panel discussions. The policy dialogue was themed Strengthening SME Participation in the Oil and Gas Value Chain. The dialogue explored two important policy issues critical to strengthening SME participation in the oil and gas value chain
- Optimizing East Africa’s Oil and Gas potential and
- Creating a stable and strong policy and regulatory environment: Unlocking the oil and gas opportunities for local enterprises
The policy dialogue resulted in the development and dissemination of a policy paper that identifies key constraints that face SMEs, with possible policy considerations that can help strengthen their engagement in the fast-transitioning and time-bound oil and gas sector.