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By Ibrahim E. Kasita

KAMPALA, UGANDA, 19th July 2019 – The Uganda National Oil Company Limited (UNOC) Executive Committee (Management) led by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eng. Dr. Josephine Wapakabulo and the Cabinet of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom (BKK) led by Rt. Hon. Owek. Andrew Byakutaga Ateenyi met to discuss long-term cooperation between UNOC and the Bunyoro Kingdom.

The meeting that took place last week was on the request of the Bunyoro Kingdom following UNOC’s participation in the 25th Empango (Coronation) Anniversary held on Tuesday 11th June 2019 at Karuzika Palace, Hoima.

Eng. Dr. Josephine Wapakabulo welcomed the Prime Minister of Bunyoro Kingdom and his Cabinet and reiterating the commitment to continue cooperation with the Kingdom. 

She said the meeting was a chance to present the projects being handled by the UNOC and opportunities these projects present.

On his part, Hon. Owek. Andrew Byakutaga Ateenyi extended appreciated UNOC’s cooperation with the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, particularly UNOC’s support to the last two (Empango) Coronation Anniversary celebration.

He said that the visit to UNOC was specifically to acquaint his Cabinet with the activities of UNOC and explore ways of collaboration and partnerships.

Rt. Hon. Andrew Byakutaga Ateenyi said the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom is aligning activities with all the players engaged in the development of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom. 

The two parties agreed to establish a working group for Kabaale Industrial Park (KIP) which will address key issues and opportunities arising from the region.

UNOC shared their plans to establish a liaison office in the community going forward in order to improve awareness of the UNOC business operations and enhance stakeholder engagements with the communities and buy-in.

Uganda National Oil Company Limited (UNOC) was established under Section 42 of the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act and Section 7 of the Petroleum (Refining, Conversion, Transmission and Midstream Storage) Act, both of 2013.

UNOC was incorporated under the Companies’ Act of 2012 as a limited liability company wholly owned by the Government of Uganda.

The Company’s overall function is to handle the Government of Uganda’s commercial interests in the petroleum sector and to ensure that the resource is exploited in a sustainable manner. End…/