At the formal launch of the ResourceContracts.mn contracts portal on 22 April, Mongolia’s deputy minister of mines and heavy industry reaffirmed the country’s commitment to publishing mining and petroleum contracts and announced the public release of over 150 new contracts. After several years of stuttering progress on contract transparency in Mongolia, this is welcome news.
Watch the full video of the launch of the National Oil Company Database on 25 April in Washington, D.C., feauring NRGI's Patrick Heller and Daniel Kaufmann, along with Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative executive director Mark Robinson and World Bank social development specialist Zainab Usman.
Last week, investors and Saudi Arabia watchers got an eyeful of the massive riches of state oil company Saudi Aramco, which in a prospectus reported USD 111 billion in profits for 2018. But despite their role as custodians of masses of public money, state oil companies are notoriously opaque.
Due to the large sums of money involved, subcontracting carries risks. Procurement deals are less visible and more numerous than the high-profile processes used to award exploration and production rights, and they are harder for government regulators, the media and civil society to scrutinize. They are therefore a common node for corruption.