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Uganda’s Petroleum Authority named Africa’s best petroleum regulator

Uganda's Petroleum Authority (PAU) Executive Director, Mr. Ernest Rubondo guides the State Minister of Mineral Development, Hon. Phiona Nyamutoro on a tour of PAU offices in Entebbe on Friday, April 19, 2024

Kampala, (UG):- The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) has been recognized as the best petroleum regulator of the year 2023 in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The award was presented to Mr Ernest Rubondo, the Executive Director at the PAU, during the 7th Annual Sub-Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC) which took place in Lagos Nigeria between 13th – 16th February 2023.

On Friday, April 19, the Authority management welcomed the recently appointed State Minister for Mineral Development, Hon. Phiona Nyamutoro with the award as the latter visited the PAU head offices at the Petroleum House in Entebbe.

The Authority also appraised the Minister about PAU’s regulatory role in the oil and gas sector; the legal and regulatory frame within which it operates; its mission of creating lasting value for Ugandans while attracting investors; its mandate, organisation structure and staff composition; and the petroleum value chain. The Minister was informed that the Authority is well within its vision to be the leading petroleum regulatory agency.

Mr. Ernest Rubondo, the Executive Director, PAU, welcomed the Minister who is currently visiting different departments and agencies under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development as part of her induction. “We are delighted to receive you and look forward to working with you”, he said during the visit.

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PAU ED, Mr. Ernest Rubondo (R) welcomes Energy State Minister, Hon. Phiona Nyamutoro at PAU offices in Entebbe on Friday, April 19, 2024

On part, Hon. Nyamutoro said, “There is evidence of passion and dedication to deliver results from the staff I have met and this says a lot about the Authority’s leadership. PAU also has realistic goals, which can be achieved despite the challenges noted, which is commendable”.

The Minister received information about PAU’s, key regulatory areas which include; resource management; cost monitoring; petroleum data management; health, safety, social and environmental management; and national content, fostering the participation of Ugandans in the oil and gas sector, and linkages with other sectors of the economy.

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Hon. Nyamutoro thanked the Authority for the warm welcome, noting that the induction differed from most.

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