UK aid pledges £25m for five year oil and gas employment initiative

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID-Kenya) with the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have launched Skills for Oil and Gas Africa (SOGA), an initiative designed to equip local populations with the skills needed to secure job opportunities in the East African oil and gas sector.

SOGA will focus on Kenya, Uganda Tanzania and Mozambique working closely with the private sector and government to support training institutions, establish business enterprise development centres and assist local people to win contracts supplying goods and services to the oil and gas industry.

The five year project (2015-2019) implemented by GIZ (The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and co-funded with £25 million from UK aid (£25 million) is expected to help 32,000 local people to get sustainable jobs in the sector.

“The recent oil & gas discoveries in Kenya and Eastern African countries offer an unprecedented opportunity for economic growth and development. In the next two years, the Oil and Gas Industry will have a huge demand of technical skills and there is an urgent need to qualify and prepare these people for future jobs.”

 Mr. Hendrik Linneweber, GIZ country Director Kenya

In the first 9 months of the year, an inception phase of the programme was conducted aimed at identifying common areas for partnership and collaboration with the private sector and government which would be integrated in the implementation of the programme and national system.

“The UK, through DFID, is committed to ensuring that efforts to promote economic development in East Africa are sustainable and long-lasting. SOGA will assist the private sector and partner governments in preparing their workforce for upcoming opportunities and will ensure that any jobs which are created by the Oil & Gas Industry are open and accessible to local people.”

Ms Lisa Phillips, Head of DFID Kenya