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Jakaya Kikwete

Tanzania’s CAG to prepare for energy industry’s needs

DAR ES SALAAM, July 2, 2014 – Under presidential order, the office of the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) is to start preparing for the needs of the growing oil and gas industry in Tanzania.

 

The announced made by President Jakaya Kikwete at the Annual Auditors General meeting last week indicates a move towards preparing the country’s regulatory institutions for the need to be able to deal with specificities of this industry. Particularly when it comes to negotiating contracts with energy companies, the lack of experience can be detrimental to the Tanzania’s interests.

“Our country does not have enough lawyers to negotiate good contracts or enough human resources to work in the new industry, but these people will not wait for us to build that capacity,” Kikwete said.

The goal is to prevent a situation similar to the development of the mining sector where, for a long time, the government relied solely on the mining companies to be informed of their gains. The country’s auditors are to learn from the experience of countries such as Norway and Sweden.

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