In an move welcomed by observers and oversight actors, the regulatory body overseeing the Lebanese oil and gas sector has published exploration and production agreements by the government and a consortium for two offshore blocks.
There is growing momentum to define the core objectives and principles of local level agreements in Mongolia. But the national government itself must do a better job of facilitating a national dialogue.
Political parties can help ensure that their country gets the best deal for the extraction of its resources, manages revenues for the long-term best interests of citizens and avoids the resource curse.
Unlike in the resource-rich country in the film Black Panther, much of Africa’s mining sector is currently dominated by foreign direct investment; its raw minerals are often exported with limited local participation in the sector and tax revenues are eroded.
Villanueva is the director of the Philippine civil society organization Alternative Forum for Research in Mindanao. AFRIM focuses on natural resource management, sustainable rural development and peacebuilding.
Along with diverse mineral resources, Ukraine has approximately 900 billion cubic meters of proven reserves of natural gas. And over the past years, the country has made important strides in extractive industries governance.
Last week the mining industry held the African Mining Indaba, its annual sector meeting in Cape Town. Concurrently, civil society organizations from across the region met for the ninth annual Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI).
Last week, the government of Ghana followed through on a promise it made in July 2017 by launching a public petroleum register that contains the full texts of petroleum agreements, licenses, permits and authorizations.
Yan Naung Oak is a 2017 School of Data fellow for NRGI Myanmar working on data literacy and data availability in the jade mining sector. Last year, he participated in NRGI's massive online open course, Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas, and Mining Governance. These are his takeaways.