UGANDA: ISU CONFERENCE
The theme of the Conference was to explain the business and career opportunities which exist in the oil/gas and petrochemical sector. With this in mind Peter was invited to talk about the evolution of his personal career from a traditional Quantity Surveyor in building/civil engineering to Contract, Cost, Planning and Project Controls specialist in the oil, gas, pipeline and petrochemical sector.
Speaking to approximately 500 delegates from the ISU Peter not only described his career journey but also explained to the delegates the vast array of opportunities which Uganda’s new oil industry would provide to ISU members.
In particular Peter compared the similarities which currently exist in Uganda with the UK in the 1970’s and 1980’s when oil and gas was first discovered and developed in the North Sea.
In the beginning it was a new industry in which British surveyors had no experience, however, with the help and support provided by expatriate expertise the UK quickly developed its own expertise, career opportunities, etc.
In those days the UK had no local content rules or regulations to assist home grown talent to evolve so Ugandan surveyors have no excuses not to get involved in the oil industry.
Following his Presentation Peter opened a Q&A session and was asked lots of challenging questions!
Feedback from the Presentation was very encouraging and BWS was invited to visit Stanbic’s “Business Incubator” programme. The programme is designed to develop local SME’s into becoming successful businesses which can provide goods and services to international oil company standards.
BWS has volunteered to contribute to the programme and further discussions are planned in the near future.
he President of the ISU, Dr Ronald Ssengendo, thanked Peter for his contribution and presented him with a token of Appreciation (see attached photograph).