|dc.description.abstract||The Kenya Pipeline Company Ltd partnered with the University of Nairobi to host the inaugural
oil and gas public lecture on 1st July 2016 at the University of Nairobi’s Taifa Hall. Over 500
participants drawn from the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Chief Executives from oil
companies, the Business Fraternity, KPC and University of Nairobi staff and Students from the
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The meeting was opened by the by the Cabinet
Secretary MoEP, Hon. Charles Keter and discussions were centred on the challenges and
opportunities in the oil and gas sector.
The inaugural oil and gas public lecture series was held on July 1 2016 to discuss the Oil and
Gas Sector in the East African Region with a focus on the Challenges and Opportunities in the
sector. Over five hundred participants drawn from the Government, private oil companies,
staff and students from the University of Nairobi engaged in oil and gas discussions focusing
on the challenges and opportunities that Kenya faces in this sector. The meeting was opened
by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (MoEP), Hon. Charles Keter. Other
key panelists who took lead in the panel discussions include Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge, PS,
State Department of Energy, Mr. Andrew Kamau, PS, State Department of Petroleum, Eng.
James N. Mwangi, Chairman, Energy and Extractives Sector Board, KEPSA, Mr. Joe Sang,
Managing Director, Kenya Pipeline Company, Mr. Powell Maimba, Chairman, Petroleum
Institute of East Africa and Mr. Daniel Kiptoo, Petroleum Legal Advisor, MoEP.
From a broad perspective of the oil and gas sector, the meeting examined challenges and
opportunities that face the industry. Throughout the public lecture, ample opportunities were
provided for interactive discussions. For Kenya to benefit from this resource, a few things must
be set right. The right legislation and institutional structure must be put in place and the
Government must maximize on all economic returns. Community engagement is also critical to
increase public trust and manage public expectations. Capacity building also plays a critical
role to enable all actors in the oil and gas sector perform their roles as required to spur the
economic growth of our country.
Good governance, transparency, accountability and participation are prerequisites. With proper
legislation in place, the petroleum bill should lay a firm foundation for the following:
Management of Petroleum Resources with a long-term perspective;
The whole country will benefit from the resource;
Proper management of resources to secure revenues to the country; and
The oil and gas sector shall contribute to the employment, welfare, safe environment
and industrial development.
The meeting was convened and co-hosted by the University of Nairobi (UoN) in partnership
with the Kenya Pipeline Company Ltd. At the end of the public lecture, the participants were
able to agree on some major recommendations. It was also agreed that the public lecture
series be held regularly either annually or bi-annually under the aegis of UoN/KPC.||en_US