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Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC) Launch Extractives Baraza Platform

Dr. Luis Franceschi gives his remarks

A platform that will guide users with ease on sources of information regarding the Extractives Sector was launched on 15th March, 2017, through the Strathmore Extractives Industry Centre (SEIC). The Extractives Baraza platform, a first of its kind in Kenya, will provide users, even globally, with extractive database that can be filtered by topic-specific information.

Speaking at the event, the Director of the Extractives Baraza, Dr. Melba Wasunna expressed her excitement for the new platform, stating that credible information will be provided in three concepts; inform, connect and transform.

The event hosted panelists from different fields related to the extractives sector who included; Mr. Victor Wabwire (Media Council of Kenya), Mr. Moses Njeru ( Kenya Chamber Mines), Dr. Gathuru Mburu (KIPYA Limited), Ms. Joan Vwamu (UNDP), Prof. Charles Sampford (Griffith University), Mr. Ken Mwaita (Taita Taveta County Chief Officer-Land and Mining), and Eng. Patrick Obath (Adam Smith International).

The panel discussion was chaired by Strathmore Law School Dean Dr. Luis Franceschi, who covered the topic of Accessing Information: Breaking Barriers to Secrecy and Mistrust, which has been established as a key problem in the extractives sector.

SEIC, funded by the Department for International Development (“DFID”) under its Kenya Extractives Program (“KEXPRO”), is hosted by Strathmore Law School. Irrespective of this, the platform will act independently of its partners, aiming to promote helpful dialogue and understanding to all that are interested or affected by the Extractive Sector in Kenya.

The platform will provide relevant and credible information on Kenya’s developing extractives sector to all – citizens, investors, civil society organizations, the Kenyan Government and other stakeholders. Furthermore the Extractive Baraza will hold events such as expert forums and trainings, engaging activities that will help build capacity and cooperation amongst the industry’s stakeholders.