Implementing the SIRD PROJECT (Supporting Inclusive Resource Development in East Africa), Tanganyika Law Society is conducting a 1st National Forum at Kunduchi Beach Hotel Dar es salaam, aiming at launching the project and discussing some issues regarding mining, oil and gas. Under the theme; Towards Transparency, Gender Sensitivity and Accountability, the forum is discussing some of current issues.
The political economy of Tanzania’s extractive industry: the changing legal trends, this presented by Dr Lugemeleza Nshala, Execultive Director Lawyers Environmental Action Team(LEAT) who is also the Vice president of Tanganyika Law Society.
Women Engagement/Inclusion in the Extractive Industry, presented by Neema Lugangira, was the other topic discussed today. Head of Policy, Southern Agriculture Growth, Jessica lott Tompson, Yukon Human Rights Commission Canada. Discussions was on compulsory and consultative local content and corporate social responsibility in Tanzania;Feasibility and expected results. Another discussion was on Building a vision for women’s inclusion based on human on human rights principle – gender issues in both extractive industry participation and industry impacts.
The last discussion for today, Environmental Protection: Minimizing Harm in the Extractive Industry, presented by Dr Yohan Mtoni, Principle Environmental Officer and Head of Environmental Monitoring Department, National Environmental Management Council(NEMC) and Janeth Bobechko, Norton Rose Fullbright – Canada. the focus was on Environment rights protection under the Tanzanian legal regime; Are there any gap? Also the overview of International/Canadian best practices for Environmental Protection.
Tomorrow is the another day. The forum will focus on Community engagement & conflict resulation and valuable topics for the betterment of our nation. We recognize the efforts made by East Africa law Society in collaborating with The Canadian Bar Association, Global Affairs Canada, Tanganyika Law Society, Law Society of Uganda and Kenya Law Society.