Baz Waiswa

Baz Waiswa

Ntinda School Of The Deaf To Host Children’s Climate Conference

The annual International Children’s Climate Change Conference returns next month on Friday 20th April, 2018, Joseph Masembe, the chief executive office of the Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green, the NGO organizing the meeting has revealed.

This year’s conference will be hosted by Ntinda School of the Deaf under the theme ‘End Plastic pollution, Restore Nature – protect the future’. The conference will attempt to seek for solutions to provide hope for a Greener future.

Asked why this year they have chosen to work with Ntinda School of the Deaf, Masembe they environmental conservation is ‘a job for all of us’. “Being deaf does not mean one is defeated, he explained.

“These children from Ntinda School of the Deaf are some of the brightest conservation soldiers I have ever met. It is therefore my duty as an able bodied human being to inspire all.” He added.

The daylong conference is being supported National Environment Management Authority, Kampala Capital City Authority, National Forestry Authority, Kenya’s Little Hands Go Green and Rwanda’s Little Hands Go Green.

Local Content Will Not Just Happen, AUGOS’s Kwesiga Warns

The chairman Association of Uganda Oil and Gas Service Providers (AUGOS), Prof. Charles Kwesiga, has warned that Ugandans must work hard to develop skills and capacity if they are going to maximally participate in the development and production of the country’s oil and gas natural resources.

“No oil company is going to hire a half baked welder. No oil company is going to take a risk of putting people to build a pipeline who are not qualified,” Prof. Kwesiga noted last week while speaking to journalists in Kampala during a press conference to announce an upcoming industry dialogue.

“You must develop those skills. You must understand what the requirements are. Unlike other most operations where it is enough to be a relative of someone to get a job, that doesn’t happen in the oil and gas industry,” he warned.

The AUGOs, launched in 2012, is an umbrella body that brings together service providers in the oil and gas industry. It has since expanded its membership. AUGOS member firms employ over 9,000 people and most of them are Ugandans.

Together with Association of Tanzania Oil and Gas Service Providers (ATOGS) will host a Local Content Stakeholder Dialogue on March 28th-29th 2018 at Hotel Africana in Kampala, the capital of Uganda.

The two day dialogue will be held under the theme, “Unlocking local content opportunities in the oil and gas sector”, and according to Prof. Kwesiga intends to create a meaningful discussion around full exploitation of business opportunities in the industry and enhance capacity and readiness of service providers.

“There are a lot of issues pertaining local content and the most important that our association is trying to elaborate is understanding the value chain,” he noted, elaborating that the value chain starts from exploration, production, refining, logistics, delivery and distribution.

He asserted that you need skills along the value chain but ‘not just going to the oil well and get the oil out.’ Uganda has already walked a few feet into the value chain having finished with the first phase of exploration and now is into development and eventual production.

Uganda’s first oil is expected in 2020. Both governments and international oil companies are doing what is necessary to beat the deadline. A Final Investment Decision (FID) expected this year when the oil companies are finished with the relevant FEEDS.

Already activities like construction of support infrastructures are underway. A 2014 Industrial Baseline Survey (IBS), titled, “A survey to foster opportunities for Ugandans in the Oil and Gas sector” pointed out that many jobs and opportunities will be available during the development phase.

This is why it is critical that Ugandans and local enterprises start participating in the industry now. Ahlem Friga Noy, the Corporate Affairs Manager Total E&P Uganda, at the same press conference emphasized the need for Ugandans to participate in development of the country’s oil and gas.

“It is indeed very important because the participation of local content or man power in a project of this magnitude is actually the key and our role and duty is that we contribute towards building local content in Uganda.” She said.

“It is about making sure that when it comes to manpower the right standards, the right skills and the right certifications are reached. And when it comes to service providers there is also a question of standards which must be met.

“We strongly believe that it is important when you start a project like this in a country where oil is quite nascent, partnerships between international and national companies are developed because it is a formidable way to ensure transfer of knowledge, skills, capacity building, increasing standards and meeting requirements.

Dennis Kamurasi, the vice chairman of the association explained that local content in Uganda has been having a problem in terms of capacity.

“We have been trying as businesses and as an association to build some of these competencies. Key among these is training,” he said, adding that it will be unfortunate if the majority of you Ugandans don’t participate in this project.

The incompetence in local content has been facilitated by many factors among which are delayed formulation of necessary laws and policies to guide the private sector and lack of access to credit for local businesses to acquire the needed capital for investment.

These and many more are some of the issues that will be discussed at the dialogue as the private both in Tanzania and Uganda attempt to unlock the opportunities oil and gas present to these two developing countries.

Obasanjo Leads Team To Chair 2018 Africa Oil Week

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, will lead a team of established personalities who will chair this year’s Africa Oil Week in November.  

Others are Rt Hon Mark Simmonds, Former Minister for Africa MP, United Kingdom, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Mr. Carlos Lopes, Former Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

They’ll be working alongside the Africa Oil Week Industry Advisory Board, to bring you the very best, content-rich conference experience, uncovering the latest trends, topics, and deal-making opportunities Africa-wide.

Over 1,100 professionals from across the globe take part in Africa Oil Week every year - making the show the meeting place for the continent’s oil and gas industry. Africa Oil Week will take place on take place from 5 to 9 November 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.


Government officials, NOCs, majors, independents, lawmakers, technical experts, and more meet in Cape Town every year to define the continent’s energy future – and to expand business cooperation.

This year the event will look at will not only reflect on the experiences and learnings from a quarter century of exploration and production, but will set the agenda for new projects, partnerships and business transactions that will determine the future of the continent’s hydrocarbon sector.

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Studying Entrepreneurship At VU Has Changed My Life – Student

Many times people realize the value of university education when they have come out of campus and have joined the employment world. However the case is different with Mbikamboli Idu Mikellides, a student at Victoria University Kampala.

In an exclusive interview Mikellides known to his peers as Mike reveals how studying a business course has shaped and changed his life. The second year student of business administration tells of how an entrepreneurship course unit taught him how to start a business.

Mike, a refugee from Bunia in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), would go on to implement what he had learnt in the lecture room to reality. He joined the business world when he opened up a supermarket at the border of Uganda and DRC.

“When I joined Victoria University, I didn’t have any business. I was not a businessman. In my life, I wanted to be a businessman, travel the world and be recognized all over the world, to be rich,” Mike narrates.

“So when I joined Victoria University, there is one course unit, entrepreneurship, which changed my life. It taught me how to start a business, how to take a risk, that is how I started my business.

I had an idea, in Uganda things are cheap and in DRC things are expensive. I said why can’t I buy things here and take them to DRC. Right now, I have twelve employees working for me, in my own company,” he explains how Victoria University shaped his business acumen.

Mike has since opened up a supermarket selling all sorts of things. “It is at the Uganda – DRC border. First thing in business, you need to locate a good place with demand to set your business. In Kampala we have so many supermarkets so I decided to go where there is none. The border area gave me an opportunity to start and grow easily,”

The student, who has secured land in DRC on which he wants to set up a cocoa plantation that will employ hundreds of people, says Victoria University ‘always tries to link you up with big people, to inspire you’, something which exposes students to opportunities.

But juggling business and studies is turning out to be a challenge. “Sometimes I have orders for the supermarket which I need to deliver. That means I have to leave school and go to kikuubo to do shopping, then send to the supermarket.

It can take me about two or three days. In the process, I am missing studies here at the university. But I try to balance my time. When I have an order or invoice to deliver, I call my suppliers, I only go to verify and send to the shop,”

He asked why he chose Victoria University among all universities in Uganda, Mike said: “I went to so many different universities. I tried to know deeply about them. I saw a big difference between Victoria University and other universities.

All are universities but there are specific things that drove me here. It is not only the building but their systems, their standards; Victoria University is different from other universities.”

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