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The East African : May 31st 2015
The EastAfrican MAY 30-JUNE 5, 2015 TRAINING IN OIL, GAS & MINING SECTOR should involve even write on the industry activists who ≥ecognise the impo≥tance of the public issues at stake. “We hope that by the end of this cou≥se, we will be able to help the ≥epo≥te≥ unde≥stand how the indust≥y wo≥ks, the di≠e≥ence between development and p≥oduction, the diffe≥ences in Kenya’s oil with the ≥est of the wo≥ld and how competitive ou≥ oil is to the ≥est,” said M≥ Meye≥. The School, togethe≥ with the Ge≥man Development Fund (KfW) will also be offe≥ing schola≥ships and fellowships fo≥ students in the ext≥active indust≥y disciplines. This was announced a fo≥tnight ago du≥ing the East Af≥ica Community (EAC) media Summit in Da≥ es Salaam. “We will have two sets of schola≥ships. One will be the Maste≥s of A≥ts p≥og≥amme, which will see five positions filled by a single candidate f≥om the ≥espective EAC membe≥ count≥ies. The othe≥ schola≥ship oppo≥tunity will be fo≥ p≥ofessional cou≥ses which will see 600 students benefit ac≥oss the ≥egion in a pe≥iod of six yea≥s,” M≥ Meye≥ said. Kenneth Macha≥ia, the di≥ecto≥ fo≥ Resea≥ch and Business Development at the School said the schola≥ships will be on me≥it. “We will want to o≠e≥ these oppo≥tunities to people who shall have demonst≥ated thei≥ ability to be highly skilled in the media ≥epo≥ting of the ext≥active indust≥y. This will enable us p≥ovide wo≥ld class t≥aining and impa≥t skills to ≥epo≥t mo≥e p≥ofessionally about this secto≥,” M≥ Macha≥ia said. The t≥ainings will not only involve class wo≥k but also field t≥ips whe≥e the t≥ainees will have a one-on-one expe≥ience eithe≥ at ≥efine≥ies, d≥illing wells o≥ p≥oduction stations in o≥de≥ to unde≥stand the day-to-day happenings in the indust≥y. Acco≥ding to M≥ Macha≥ia, the School is also planning t hold seve≥al stakeholde≥ inte≥actions between the ext≥active indust≥y playe≥s, media, gove≥nment o∞cials, envi≥onmental o≥ganisations and com- munity-based o≥ganisations, which will p≥ovide a platfo≥m fo≥ exchanging of ideas between the di≠e≥ent g≥oups. “We hope to act as the b≥idge between the media and the co≥po≥ate wo≥ld, especially in the ext≥active indust≥y ≥epo≥ting. We believe by o≠e≥ing this enabling envi≥onment fo≥ inte≥actions between these two g≥oups, we will c≥eate a positive envi≥onment fo≥ them to unde≥stand each othe≥. That is ou≥ unique way of app≥oaching education,” M≥ Macha≥ia said. The School hopes that at the end of the cou≥se, the t≥ainees will possess a b≥oad and comp≥ehensive unde≥standing of the ext≥actives indust≥y. “We hope to impa≥t the t≥ainees with the ability to unde≥stand and w≥ite intelligently about business and political developments a≠ecting the natu≥al ≥esou≥ce indust≥y, globally and locally. We also hope that they will familia≥ise themselves with key playe≥s in the field, comme≥cial and gove≥nmental o∞cials,” M≥. Meye≥ said. Special advertising section 5 The oil and gas industry being highly specialised also needs to be reported in a specific manner by journalists who understand the issues, the players and the products.
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