Uganda

EITI Status Yet to be assessed against the Standard
Joined EITI in 2020
Last updated 12 August 2020

Overview

The EITI Board accepted Uganda as an EITI member on 12 August 2020.

Uganda is set to become one of the largest oil producers in East Africa. The country has discovered commercially recoverable oil reserves, with current oil exploration work taking place in the Albertine Graben region. Uganda's proven crude oil reserves stand at 6.5 billion barrels with 1.4 billion barrels that are commercially recoverable.

On 28 January 2019, the Cabinet of Uganda approved the decision to apply to join EITI. Uganda aims to use EITI membership to strengthen efforts in ensuring overall transparency in the sector, strengthen tax collection, improve the investment climate, build trust and create lasting value from petroleum and mineral resources. 

Production

Uganda is set to become one of the largest oil producers in East Africa. The country has discovered commercially recoverable oil reserves and current oil exploration work is in the country’s Albertine Graben region. International oil companies are on course to achieve a final investment decision on the Lake Albert development project and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). The EACOP, a 1,445 km pipeline that is set to transport oil from Uganda’s Hoima district to Tanzania’s port in Tanga, is set to be the longest heated crude oil pipeline in the world on completion. The government of Uganda is also planning to establish a 60,000 barrel per day refinery in the Hoima district.

The country’s mining sector is largely characterised by artisanal and small-scale mining. The establishment of gold refineries has seen gold exports increase from USD 514.8 million exported in 2018 to USD 1.25 billion worth of gold exported in 2019.  There are also projects that are at various stages of development on phosphate, copper and tin.

Validation

Uganda's Validation against the Standard will commence on 11 January 2023.