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Resources, praxis and local entrepreneurial activities in Ghana’s oil and gas sector

PhD Candidate Austin Dziwornu Ablo.
PhD Candidate Austin Dziwornu Ablo.

Oil and gas exploratory activities in Ghana dated as far as 1896. The commercial viability of the oil and gas discovery in 2007 engendered a national debate on what the oil and gas discovery meant for the country. This is due to the numerous cases of the resource curse in African countries and the experienced failure of mineral extraction to transform Ghana’s economy. As part of the strategies to minimize the negative correlation between natural resource extraction and economic development, a local content law was passed to promote local participation in Ghana’s oil and gas sector. The government also established an Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) to facilitate local entrepreneurial activities in the oil and gas sector.

 

The PhD project explores the dynamics of Ghanaian entrepreneurial activities in the oil and gas industry.