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New database launched for openness in gas, oil sector

Wednesday September 30 2015

Participants follow proceedings during the

Participants follow proceedings during the launch of Tanzania Oil and Gas Almanac in Dar es Salaam yesterday. PHOTO | EMMANUEL HERMAN 

By Veneranda Sumila, The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam. Tanzanians can now access information related to oil and gas sector, thanks to a transparency tool launched yesterday in efforts to improve the sector’s governance.

The Tanzania Oil and Gas Almanac, a database prepared by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Tanzania, will act as a single gateway for oil and gas information and data. The chief editor of the almanac, Mr Abdallah Katunzi, said having the database is crucial for policymakers, researchers, media and the public to obtain data on the extractive industry.

The almanac is also accessible online in both English and Kiswahili.

“Tanzania like many other countries has been finding it hard to get data on extractive industries. With the almanac, people can easily obtain information about the sector,” said Mr Katunzi. A research by Twaweza indicates that 77 per cent of Tanzanians are lacking information on the recent gas discovered in the country, something which rises alarm for more measures to inform the public.

“It was also found that three out of four Tanzanians are not aware of new gas policies but now these policies are available in the almanac,” said Mr Katunzi.

Tanzania has so far discovered natur