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Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum

Image: Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum logoThe Chamber of Mines and Petroleum was initially established, in 2000, as the Uganda Chamber of Mines.  As a petroleum sector emerged in Uganda, the Chamber expanded its scope to include the oil industry and in 2010 became the entity that it is today.

It is a private organisation, fully funded by its members and sponsors. There are now more than 100 members, ranked according to the scale of their contributions. The key stakeholders (diamond members) are the three oil companies, Tullow, Total and CNOOC, as well as Schlumberger, National Insurance Corp and Orient Bank.

UCMP seeks to create an arena for stakeholders to meet, gather information and facilitate business. The organisation wants to ensure proper dissemination of information within the mines and petroleum sector. Staff emphasise the importance of promoting transparency in terms of building confidence in the sector as well as national and economic security.

The Chamber’s activities include networking events, workshops and conferences and publishing a quarterly magazine in which key issues are debated.

UCMP is particularly keen to encourage local providers to engage with the major companies.  The Chamber targets workshops at companies that require assistance in increasing their standards and improving their contract bids.

The organisation has just three permanent staff and a few additional temporary staff. However, the Chamber benefits from its close ties with its members, who give their time for events and contribute to the quarterly magazine.

The Chamber has an elected a board of eight individuals. Three of these are from the oil exploration and production partners: Elly Karuhanga,  Chairman (and also President of Tullow Uganda), Loic  Laurandel, Council (and also Uganda Country Manager of Total), Eoin Mekie Council, (and also Uganda Country Manager of Tullow).

For more, see the Chamber’s website  Report by Chantal Sirisena