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Managing Oil, Gas and Mining Governance in Exceptional Times

10 September 2020 9:00AM BDST

  • Event

  • Ending 11:30AM BDST

Our intensive in-person executive course on oil, gas and mining governance, aimed at senior professionals in the extractives sector and run in conjunction with the Blavatnik School of Government, has been postponed this year due to the coronavirus crisis. This online event examined the effects on the sector of the current unparalleled conditions, with insights from global experts who deliver the executive course.

Countries with non-renewable resource wealth face both an opportunity and a challenge. When used well, these resources can create greater prosperity for current and future generations. Squandered, they can cause economic instability, social conflict and lasting environmental damage. In the drive to benefit from resource wealth, the decisions of governments, companies and citizens all matter – and often they go wrong.

But we are living in exceptional times – the coronavirus crisis, shocks to commodity prices and a new emphasis on reducing carbon emissions all demand fresh decisions. The difference between getting them right and getting them wrong is even more important now that our economies are so stressed. At this online event, run in partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government, experts shared quick-fire ideas, followed questions from the audience.

The Suneeta Kaimal, interim president and CEO of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), opened the discussion, with closing remarks from Ngaire Woods, dean of the Blavatnik School of Government.

  • Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government
  • Jim Cust, economist in the office of the chief economist, Africa Region at the World Bank
  • Daniel Fletcher, area development manager for Mauritania and Senegal, BP
  • David Manley, senior economic analyst, NRGI
  • Eric Parrado, chief economist and manager of the research department at the Inter-American Development Bank
  • Alexandra Readhead, expert in international taxation and the extractive industries, and technical advisor to the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining

Participants in the 2019 executive course (John Cairns for NRGI).