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PURA, ZPRA sign a Memorandum of Understanding



By Janeth Mesomapya

The Regulatory Authorities for Petroleum Upstream operations for Tanzania mainland (PURA) and Zanzibar (ZPRA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), today February 19, 2021 in Zanzibar, witnessed by various officials of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT) and the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar.

The agreement is based on five key areas which are the exchange of experience in the preparation and drafting of various legislation instruments that will govern the activities of the petroleum upstream operations and sharing of skills in conducting audits of Profit Sharing Agreements (PSA).

Other areas are cooperation in managing the handling of various information related to exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas resources and capacity building and training for the authorities’ staff.

Moreover, the cooperation will include other areas of petroleum upstream activities as agreed upon by both parties in the implementation of the agreement.

Other institutions that signed MoU were the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authorities - EWURA (Tanzania Mainland) and ZURA (Zanzibar) as well as the Petroleum Development Corporations from Tanzania Mainland (TPDC) and (ZPDC) from Zanzibar.

Speaking after witnessing the signing of the documents, the Urban District Commissioner (representing the Urban West Regional Commissioner) Hon. Rashid Simai Msaraka said that the six (6) institutions that have signed the memorandum of understanding are inherent in the economy of both sides of the Union.

"I believe the cooperation between these institutions will bring us great economic development as a nation in the oil and gas sector, and so it is good that this agreement is protected by both parties," he explained.

For his part, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Hon. Felchesmi Mramba said that cooperation between the two institutions from the two sides of the Union has existed for a long time but they have now decided to make the partnership official.

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