Having established a bid and licensing rounds committee in May, the country’s preparation for the bid round began in June. This development makes other countries’ bidding round experience particularly relevant to Ghanaians.
French oil giant Total is the latest company to make a policy statement in support of contract transparency in the extractive industries. This is the first policy statement of its kind by one of the so-called “supermajors”—the world’s largest publicly traded oil and gas companies.
Journalists confront informal and regulatory obstacles. In many cases, private companies and the government prevent media from accessing existing sources of free information. This may take the form of lengthy response times, publicly exposing information requests and managing the approval of how information is presented publicly.
Three years ago, Mexico opened up to private energy firms, ending state-owned Pemex’s monopoly in the oil and gas industry. Priscila Rodríguez Santamaría, senior advisor for hydrocarbon policy to Mexico’s Energy Secretariat, spoke with NRGI about this new period in the history of Mexico’s oil industry.