Munyes noted that the local content policy has been developed
based on a robust stakeholder engagement and informed by Kenya’s
This, he said, has involved deep consultations with the
private sector, public sector at national and county levels,
civil society and development partners.
Munyes noted that with oil exploration taking place in
Kenya’s four major sedimentary basins - Lamu, Anza, Mandera and
Tertiary Rift - the country has been exploring ways to stimulate
the development of capacities and encourage local investments,
ownership and participation.
Andrew Kamau, principal secretary for State Department of
Petroleum, said East African partner states need to support,
train and build local expertise for sustaining the sector and
maintaining global standards.
"We urge companies working in this space to fill in the gap
it could be through mentorship of companies with potential or
providing support to vocational centers so trained plumbers and
welders, steel fabricators and much more.
"This will contribute towards ensuring we have the required
skills and get local professionals working on these huge
national projects," said Kamau.