The oil and mining transparency rule adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will fail to achieve the level of payment disclosure necessary to deter corruption in the natural resource sector.
The voluntary nature of new EITI guidelines means that comprehensive disclosure of detailed information on purchases by traders is unlikely in the near term. Authorities in jurisdictions where commodity traders are based should move to legally require the disclosure of these sizeable payments.
Research for the 2021 edition of NRGI's Resource Governance Index has begun. The index measures the governance of oil, gas and mining sectors in resource-producing countries and provides freely available public data to help inform evidence-based decision-making.
The world’s determination to fight climate change and green the energy mix is a concern for large Middle Eastern oil exporters, which sit on massive proven hydrocarbon reserves. The risk of such assets becoming stranded and losing value is high, with significant consequences for these poorly diversified economies.
The road to oil and gas riches is rapidly narrowing for some new producers. The crash in prices, triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, creates specific challenges for a group of "prospective producer" countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Extractive sector policies and governance choices are holding back solar and wind projects in many countries. Part of the trouble lies in the shortsighted habits of political decision-making that oil, gas or coal exploitation can foster. Debates about domestic energy use are highly political and can fall prey to narrow agendas.