Prudent management of oil and gas revenue and resources can contribute to wealth creation and poverty reduction, In light of this situation,Penplusbytes,is organizing a Media and Civil Society forum at the New Media Hub, Osu-Accra, under the theme “Assessing Oil and Gas in Ghana Governance and Accountability Framework” on Thursday, July 10th, 2014. This forum is part of the ongoing “Empowering the Media to Play Active Watchdog Role over Oil and Gas Revenue and Resources” project supported by STAR- Ghana.
The forum is expected to bring together journalists and CSOs with the aim of increasing oil and gas information and knowledge exchange leading to opportunities for national dialogue on key oil and gas revenue management issues and also for a better understanding of relevant issues in the oil and gas industry for better advocacy, networking and partnership building.
Kwami Ahiabenu II, President of Penplusbytes said, “the forum is intended to bring civil society organizations together to discuss how information and knowledge can be shared between stakeholders as they work to hold government accountable in the better management of Ghana oil and gas sector”.
Participants for the forum includes 10 journalists currently undergoing oil and gas training program with Penplusbytes as well as 20 oil and gas course alumni.Key speakers include Mr. Victor Brobbey from the Centre for Democratic Development Ghana (CDD), who will be making a presentation on the topic; ‘Transparency of the Revenue Act’, and Dr. Stephen K. Donyinah of Chemical Engineering Department of KNUST, will deliver a paper on the topic, ‘Engineering and Technological Challenges of the oil and gas Industry in Ghana ’.
“This forum comes at an opportune time for journalists seeking to broaden their knowledge in latest oil and gas trends through interactions with key stakeholders in Ghana’s Oil and Gas industry.” Crusading Guide’s Adu Koranteng a trainee participant.
Note to Editors
Penplusbytes established in 2001seeks to empower the media through the use of ICTs to advance the course of journalismin 3 areas: governance and accountability, new media and innovations and oil, gas and mining.www.reportingoilandgas.org is a project of Penplusbytes.
STAR-Ghana is a multi- donor pooled funding mechanism (Funded by DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID) to increase the influence of civil society and Parliament in the governance of public goods and service delivery, with the ultimate goal of improving the accountability and responsiveness of Ghana’s government, traditional authorities and the private sector.