Penplusbytes’ 1st Power Reporting Series to focus on Ghana’s 2018 Oil and Gas Budget
Penplusbytes as part of its notable role in ensuring transparency and accountability in the oil and gas sector and with support from Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth (GOGIG) is poised to host its 1st Power Reporting Series which forms part of the “Enhancing the role of the media in tracking Ghana’s oil and gas revenue for inclusive growth” project on Friday 17th November, 2017 at 9am at the New Media Hub in Accra.
The Power Reporting Series aims at ensuring that the media leads in promoting oil and gas sector transparency and accountability by conducting critical analyses of the 2018 budget statement and economic policy vis -a-vis the 2017 and 2016 budgets statements with special focus on oil and gas issues. The reason for this initiative is to reveal trends and identify gaps in the oil and gas industry and to keep the momentum on key issues in the public domain.
About fifteen participants made up of media professionals, alumni of Penplusbytes Extractive media school and civil society organisations will practically analyze available data, reports and breakdowns of Ghana’s 2018 Budget for the oil and gas industry.
Experts like Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, Director General of the Ghana National Planning Commission, Dr. Mawuli Gaddah, the head of the Macroeconomic Research Unit, and John Gatsi, a Chartered Petroleum Economist and Head of Department of Finance at the School of Business, University of Cape Coast will lead discussions on “Making oil and gas matter in Ghana’s development agenda”.
According to the executive director of Penplusbytes, Kwami Ahiabenu II, “The Power Reporting series is a novelty which seeks to, among its many objectives, create more awareness and demystify issues pertaining to the oil and gas sector and amplify citizens voices on these issues through media engagement and dialogue.”
Penplusbytes is a not-for-profit organization driving change through innovations in three key areas: using new digital technologies to enable good governance and accountability, new media and innovations, and driving oversight for effective utilization of mining, oil and gas revenue and resources.