Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP) will on September 20, 2017 in Kampala hold its first skilling convention. The convention is targeting at supplementing what private companies are doing in equipping Ugandans with necessary skills to work in the oil industry especially in the development phase.
“There is a lack of depth in a numbers of very remedial skills along the value chain whether it’s driving, welding, fabricating, name it. These gaps can be filled with skilling and training and a little bit of guidance,” noted Patrick Mweheire, the Stanbic Bank Chief Executive Officer during a meeting with the Chamber council to which he is the vice chairperson.
The chamber announced it is going to dedicate most of its efforts towards skilling of Ugandans and advocating for local content in the Oil & Gas industry, as the country intensifies arrangements to achieve First Oil by 2020.
Dr Elly Karuhanga, UCMP Chairman said: they have to figure out how to keep a significant percentage of the oil investments in Uganda. “The Chamber will continue to engage the state, through a special committee, to ensure that the upcoming Local Content law addresses all our concerns so that many Ugandans can participate in the sector.”
Being an emerging industry in the country, the oil and gas industry remains heavily dependent on foreign labour as Ugandans slowly come to grips with its demands.
With one of its core functions being to promote, encourage, protect and foster responsible exploration and service delivery in the extractive sectors, the UCMP intends to use its wide reach to help as many Ugandans as possible to work in the country’s oil and gas industry through skilling.