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2nd Power Reporting Series

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Date(s) – 14/12/2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

New Media Hub

Concept Note on Enhancing the Role of the Media in Promoting Oil and Gas Sector Transparency and Accountability

Topic: Understanding Tax Treatment in Ghana’s Oil and Gas Sector

2nd Power Reporting Series


Target group:

10 Journalists from selected media houses in Ghana


Date: 14th December, 2017

Time: 9am -12pm

Venue: New Media Hub




Citizens, civil society and the media have an important role to play in enhancing accountability of public officials, state institutions, reducing corruption, and improving judicious management of natural resources. Citizens’ participation in policy formulation and implementation has become an attractive approach in promoting accountability and transparency and thereby ensuring good governance. There have been instances where media focus on an issue has generated a quick reaction from government due to the public pressure exerted by citizens. For example, the media focus on the ‘Bus Branding Scandal’ improved citizens understanding of underlying issues and led to a persistent demand for accountability on the issue. This led to the resignation of the sector minister and a repayment of the amount.  Another recent example is the campaign against illegal mining activities which has been largely successful due to the media’s prolonged focus on the issue, throwing sunshine on its effect on Ghana’s biodiversity and ecosystems and providing a platform for citizens to add their voice against illegal mining.

In recent times, the have been general concerns by stakeholders on how effective Ghana mobilizes and manages petroleum revenue from the oil and gas sector including surface rent. It is against this premise that this Power Reporting Series is been held to ensure that the media understands the mandate of the Ghana Revenue Authority over collection of petroleum revenues in the upstream oil and gas sector and to appraise Ghana’s oil and gas tax regime.


Expected Outputs:

This power reporting series will achieve amidst others:

  1. To support a deeper understanding of the workings of the Petroleum Unit of the Domestic Tax Revenue Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority as a component of investigative reporting.
  2. To understand the difference between non-tax revenue and tax revenue collection.
  3. To learn more about tax revenue chain and systems.
  4. To cultivate more sources in the extractive sector.




PROGRAMME: Understanding tax treatment in Ghana oil and gas sector

Activity Speaker Duration
·         Introduction

·         Objectives

Kwami Ahiabenu/Fred Avornyo
Overview of the oil and gas tax regime in Ghana:


Mr Samuel Sackey,  Head of Petroleum Unit(GRA)
Panel Discussion: Appraising Ghana’s oil and gas tax regime: any lessons?  Mr Ali Nakyea &  PWH


Lunch 1pm
·         Mentoring

·         Review

·         Story Ideas/issues

·         Assignment-Blogging

·         Story generation and assignment

·         Bursaries

·         Close and Announcement of next PRS (18th January,2018)


Kwami Ahiabenu/Fred Avornyo


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