Tanzania is highly optimistic of striking an agreement with Uganda over construction of the 1,410-kilometre crude oil pipeline from Hoima, given the former’s competitive advantage. It is against this backdrop that the country is sending a delegation of 40 businesspersons to Uganda to discuss business opportunities aligned to the ambitious project with government officials in Kampala. “We understand that there is a competition from some of our neighbours to implement the project. But we are 98 per cent sure of striking a deal,” the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Professor Justin Ntalikwa, told reporters in Dar es Salaam. Neighbouring Kenya is as well competing with Tanzania to execute the project. It wants the pipeline to be channeled from Hoima to its oilfields in Loikchar, Northern Kenya, to yet-to-be constructed Lamu Port. “Tanzania boasts of conducive environment to lay out the pipeline and this gives us […]