sharing in governance of extractive industries

New Publications on East Africa oil and gas and Chinese mining investments in Latin America.

Here go links to two of my recent publications. 


East Africa Oil and Gas: Silver Bullet or Complex Remedy.


East Africa discovered large reserves of oil and natural gas that are expected to largely contribute to economic growth in the region. Uganda and Kenya will soon become oil producers and Tanzania has world-class offshore natural gas reserves. But great challenges remain, in particular: deep-rooted governance vulnerabilities; and the size, cost, and complexity of the infrastructure needed to monetize the resources. 

Available at SciencePo: 



China’s engagement in the mineral sector in Latin America: Lessons learned and opportunities for international cooperation

Latin America’s mining sector experienced an outburst of trade and investments from China in recent years that promise to be key in shaping future Sino-LAC cooperation. China is the number one importer of copper from Chile and Peru and of iron ore from Peru and Brazil. Chinese investors control Peru’s iron ore production and are strong in its –and Chile’s-- copper industry. Chinese miners also bought lithium assets in Chile and Argentina and entered the niobium and phosphates businesses in Brazil. Still, there is much concern that the nature of the mining relationship with China may prevent LAC from transforming its mineral wealth into long term sustainable growth.

Available at University of Dundee:


Patricia I. Vasquez


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