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Weekly GOXI: February 20, 2017

A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

Professor Indra Overland of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) has ranked 92 companies  involved in onshore resource extraction above the Arctic…

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Added by GOXI on February 21, 2017 at 0:29 — No Comments

New ranking of Arctic oil, gas and mining companies on indigenous rights

A newly developed ranking evaluates the public commitments, formalized procedures and institutional arrangements of resource-extraction companies for handling indigenous rights in the Arctic. The purpose of the ranking is to support norm formation and to contribute to improving the performance of companies on indigenous rights by highlighting which companies have made a public commitment to indigenous rights, and to what extent.

The ranking covers 92 oil, gas and mining companies…

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Added by Emma Wilson on February 17, 2017 at 12:01 — No Comments

A recap of local content related discussion at African Mining Indaba 2017

Many GOXI members were in Cape Town last week for the big Investing in African Mining Indaba, held at the Cape Town International Convention Center. Building on the momentum of past Indaba events, the need for economic diversification, as well as local content were frequent topics of discussion in many of the sessions. Below is a list of four sessions with a particularly high degree of attention to local content, including links to relevant reports and resources.

If you…

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Added by Jeff Geipel on February 17, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

The political economy of natural resources in Latin America: two panels on resource rents, politics and development

Governments, extractive companies and communities in regions that extract non-renewable resources in Latin America have endured the effects of the end of the last commodity-boom since mid-2014. Some governments and communities have taken seriously the challenge of finding alternative sources of production and income, as extractive companies reduced or suspended their investments and the resource revenues declined significantly. Others are still hopeful of the return of higher prices,…

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Added by Juan D. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez on February 20, 2017 at 17:16 — No Comments

Weekly GOXI: February 13, 2017

A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

Gold will do well, platinum will do well, beneficiation will be stagnant, indigenization will still be ambiguous. This, according to Gilbert Makore in his projection for…

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Added by GOXI on February 14, 2017 at 0:30 — No Comments

For public comment: Mapping the Oil & Gas Industry to the SDGs

Dear Colleagues,

 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and IPIECA (the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues) have released for public comment a draft report: …

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Added by Casper Sonesson on February 13, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

Calling Government of Indonesia to Select National Oil Company's CEO in Transparent Manner

Civil society coalition for energy and extractive industry governance reform, Publish What You Pay Indonesia, urged the government to select Pertamina’s President Director in transparent, credible, and independent manner. It’s to ensure the continuity of oil and gas governance reform in order to ensure energy security as well as encourage Pertamina to become a world-class oil and gas company.

 

Fabby Tumiwa, Director of Institute for Essential Service Reform said that it’s…

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Added by Publish What You Pay Indonesia on February 13, 2017 at 12:11 — No Comments

New paper on Tanzania's petroleum sector

Click through for a new working paper on Tanzania's petroleum sector. 

Myself and Danish Institute of International Studies' researcher Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen survey progress in the sector, and note significant regulatory advances in relations to other countries in the region. But we also highlight some of the challenges in developing natural gas finds while institutions are still in development. 

Added by Peter Bofin on February 13, 2017 at 11:31 — No Comments

UN E-Government Survey Report released

With regard to transparency of UN Member countries, the GOXI members may be interested to take a look at the UN E-Government Survey 2016 on “E-Government in Support of Sustainable Development” . The survey offers a snapshot of trends in the development of e-government in countries across the globe. Unfortunately EITI progress is not listed or covered in this report. Perhaps an idea to make sure EITI is covered in the 2017 survey questions. 

The survey report and link to…

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Added by Daan Boom on February 8, 2017 at 2:58 — No Comments

How to manage revenues from extractives? There’s a book for that!

  Offshore oil and rig platform. Photo: © curraheeshutter / Shutterstock.



Countries with large nonrenewable resources can benefit significantly from them, but reliance on revenues from these sources poses major challenges for policy makers. If you are a senior ministry of finance official in a resource-rich country, what are the challenges that you would face and…

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Added by Håvard Halland on February 8, 2017 at 1:26 — No Comments

Open consultation on how civil society should organise its engagement in the EITI

*Please note: the deadline has been extended to the 3rd of March 2017*

The EITI is a multi-stakeholder initiative made up of three constituencies: civil society, extractive companies and governments. Each constituency is equally involved in the decision making process of the EITI, both at the international level through the Board and at the national level through multi-stakeholder groups. On the international Board, civil society has five seats who are currently filled by five…

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Added by Asmara Klein on February 7, 2017 at 16:00 — 3 Comments

The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) Needs Watching

The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) is currently mining diamonds in Marange albeit on a small scale given that there remains legal contestation over the consolidation process itself. Companies including Anjin, Jinan and Mbada have challenged the consolidation at the Courts.

What is of interest is that ZCDC intends to conduct riverbed gold mining in Gache Gache River on the…

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Added by Gilbert Makore on February 7, 2017 at 13:12 — 1 Comment

New Graduate Certificate in Global Energy, Development, & Sustainability at the University of Houston

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The University of Houston has a new graduate certificate for those interested in Global Energy, Development, and Sustainability. We run courses throughout the year or a condensed Executive course in May that last 3 weeks, everyday. Contact me, Rebecca…

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Added by Rebecca L Golden on February 7, 2017 at 3:03 — No Comments

23 Mining operations closed in the Philippines

The new environment secretary of the Philippines Regina Lopez is serious on her promise last year to follow a policy path to ensure responsible and sustainable mining for the country and in particular protect the communities affected by mining operations. Last Thursday Mrs. Lopez announced an order for the closure of 23 mines, mainly for ruining watershed areas and “indiscriminate mining.” “It…

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Added by Daan Boom on February 7, 2017 at 2:24 — 3 Comments

Trump Takes Aim At Dodd-Frank, Investor Protections Rule In Executive Action

Along with the appointment of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, what will this attack on Dodd-Frank mean for medium- to long-term transparency and accountability in the extractive industries? 

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/03/513224023/trump-to-take-aim-at-dodd-frank-investor-protections-rule-in-executive-action

Added by Audrey Cash on February 4, 2017 at 16:24 — No Comments

Is there a better way to measure resource-dependence?

Is there a better way to measure resource-dependence? By Degol Hailu and Chinpihoi Kipgen

This piece is a summary of our full article published in the journal Resources Policy. See Degol Hailu and Chinpihoi Kipgen (2017) "The Extractives Dependence Index (EDI)", Resources Policy, Volume 51, Pages 251–264. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UROZ_6sd-UEcL

High and persistent dependence on the extraction of oil, gas and…

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Added by Degol Hailu on February 4, 2017 at 10:46 — 2 Comments

Sponsorship available for academics/trainers to attend curricula sprint on Development Minerals

Applications close soon!

CURRICULA SPRINT

Submissions are invited from academics to participate in a curricula sprint on the topic of Environment, Community, Health and Safety in the Development Minerals Sector. Join us in Maputo, Mozambique, on the 7-9 April 2017. Sponsorship opportunities…

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Added by Daniel Franks on February 3, 2017 at 10:28 — No Comments

How Oil and Gas Companies Can Help Meet the Global Goals on Energy and Climate Change

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement lay out a global consensus on the need to curb human-induced climate change and to achieve sustainable development. These concepts are linked. The urgency of addressing climate change is critical for global efforts to reduce poverty and advance sustainable development, but also climate-change mitigation must be pursued in a manner consistent with ending poverty, promoting economic development, respecting human rights, and…

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Added by Nicolas Maennling on February 3, 2017 at 4:26 — No Comments

Community Engagement in Mining: Sharing Experiences and Best Practices

Resource-rich countries are home to 3.5 billion people. When these resources become a source of conflict between communities, corporations, and government, opportunities for community development are often lost.

The immovability of natural resources renders the role of communities located near mining operations of critical importance throughout the mining cycle. The quality of engagement between…

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Added by Caitlin Sievert on January 31, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

As the Opportunity Arises, the Local Government in Indonesia are Encouraged to Take the Participating Interest

Recently, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resource of Indonesia issued Ministerial Regulation Number 37 Year 2016 concerning the Provision Deals of Participating Interest (PI) 10% on the Oil and Gas Block. Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia assesses that the regulation has big potential to reduce rent seeking in the PI management in the oil and gas industry by prioritizing Region Owned Enterprise (BUMD) which’s fully owned by the local government or other companies whose at least 99%…

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Added by Publish What You Pay Indonesia on January 31, 2017 at 12:44 — No Comments

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