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The best of the gas cartoons

I’m claiming some credit for the first one, by Masoud Kipanya in todays Mwananchi:

Mwananchi, 9/7/14

Kipanya in Mwananchi, 9/7/14

And here’s why I’m claiming that credit:

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Chart of the week #15: Getting a good deal from natural gas?

Kipanya in Mwananchi, June 2014

Expectations: Kipanya in Mwananchi, June 2014

Natural gas is a game changer in Tanzania, both economically and politically. The latest reports suggest that there may be as much as 51 trillion cubic feet available, not huge by global standards, but enough to have raised expectations sky high – see cartoon. The public and policy makers are excited, and it’s already having significant effects on both local and national politics.

Zitto Kabwe wrote recently:

“One Minister stated in the Parliament that “with the natural gas reserves Tanzania has, poverty will be history”. How I wish it was that simple! A plus and minus equation. Unfortunately the reality is opposite. There are chains of evidence that resources, due to many factors engraved within a ‘lesser’ leader, may lead to curse.”

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Chart of the Week #1: Tanzanians’ views on natural resource management

Tz views on gas

Source: World Bank blog, using data from Twaweza’s Sauti za Wananchi initiative, rounds 9 and 11.

Highlights from Jacques Morriset’s post on the World Bank blog, based on data from Twaweza’s Sauti za Wananchi initiative:

  • Around three quarters of the respondents have heard about the discoveries of natural gas, and yet every two out of three would wish to be provided with more information.
  • While 28 percent are aware that benefits from the large off-shore gas reserves will take time to materialize, 36 percent believe that gas companies are already earning money from these resources. Continue reading