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Policy Brief - Strengthening Private Sector Engagement in the Oil and Gas Value Chain in Uganda
The discovery of oil and gas in Uganda has created unprecedented opportunities that can stimulate sustainable development. One of the tools to achieving value creation through the newfound resource is through enhanced private sector engagement, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs) given their presence across sectors. Nevertheless, the lack of understanding of the oil and gas value chain and applicable standards may hinder the effective participation of SMEs, thus affecting their ability to boost local skills development, job creation and inclusive economic development. In particular, SMEs, despite their centrality in socio-economic transformation (contributing about 18% to Uganda’s GDP), lack adequate capability and tools to sustainably thrive in the quality-intensive and competitive oil and gas sector. This calls for collaborative efforts to strengthen the capacity of SMEs and integrate them in the oil and gas supply chain.