THE ECONOMIST: Uganda tries to dodge the “presource curse”

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Release date: 4/4/2019

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That bodes ill for Uganda, where Yoweri Museveni, the president, keeps a tight grip on power. But when it comes to oil his political dominance has made it easier to plan long-term, argue Angelo Izama, a Ugandan analyst, and Sam Hickey of the University of Manchester. In Ghana, which is more democratic, leaders struggle to think beyond the next election. They rushed to the pumps before rules were in place. In Uganda, by contrast, the government held out for better deals from the oil companies. Technocrats were given space to work.

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TitleUganda tries to dodge the “presource curse”
Media name/outletThe Economist
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date4/04/19
DescriptionThat bodes ill for Uganda, where Yoweri Museveni, the president, keeps a tight grip on power. But when it comes to oil his political dominance has made it easier to plan long-term, argue Angelo Izama, a Ugandan analyst, and Sam Hickey of the University of Manchester. In Ghana, which is more democratic, leaders struggle to think beyond the next election. They rushed to the pumps before rules were in place. In Uganda, by contrast, the government held out for better deals from the oil companies. Technocrats were given space to work.
URLhttps://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2019/04/06/uganda-tries-to-dodge-the-presource-curse
PersonsSamuel Hickey