Training petroleum experts is costly: Katali

16 Nov 2013 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 16 NOV (NAMPA) - Minister of Mines and Energy Isak Katali has urged institutions of higher education to work closely with the petroleum industry to establish and understand the training needs of the industry.
In a speech read on his behalf by his deputy, Willem Isaacs, during the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Petroleum Training and Education Fund (Petrofund), Katali said the fund is a statutory instrument created by the government to assist in building capacity for the petroleum and exploration industry in Namibia.
“I am also pleased to be informed that not only does the fund offer undergraduate geosciences and engineering scholarships, the fund started offering postgraduate petroleum sciences specialisation scholarships,” he said.
Katali urged the Board of Trustees to ensure that the programme is maintained and expanded - funds permitting - if called upon to do so, as training demands of the industry are anticipated to grow.
He conceded that it is expensive to train experts abroad.
“Training experts abroad limits the number of students who can benefit from the training programme due to associated costs,” he said.