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So what? Coverage of oil and gas issues has doubled in the Ghanaian press in the past year, reports Kwame Ahiabenu. But does it mean coverage of oil and gas issues has improved?, he asks.

Do no harm. Solomon Appiah urges caution in the exploitation of minerals, citing Angola's Catoca mine as an example.

This month's Great Insights magazine by ECDPM takes a broader look at the extractive industries in Africa, including interviews with top officials, such as Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of UN Economic Commission for Africa and Hon. Sam Russ, Deputy Minister of Mines, Land and Industry from Liberia.

Marie-Eve Rodrigue shares API's new community engagement guidelines.

Siri Teilmann-Ibsen announces that the Fairmined Standard 2.0 is now available in French.

Jodi Liss shares a video crash course on how to talk to a local community.

And remember: The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance wants your feedback on the draft Standard for Responsible Mining by October 22.

These and more on GOXI. 

New GOXIans - Welcome
  • Emmanuel Naah; Business Development - Deleon Multimedia; Accra, Ghana
  • Ramesh; CEO - Jayam Enterprise; Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
  • Nat Adams; Consultant - World Bank; Washington, DC, USA
  • Givemore Sakuhuni; Research Fellow - University of British Columbia; British Columbia, Canada
  • Sarah Daitch; Mediation, Public Policy and Research Consultant; Victoria, BC, Canada 
  • Don Baxter; Consulting - Baxter Consultancy INC; Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  • Erica Razook; Legal Officer - Open Society Foundation; New York, NY, USA
  • Jae-Young Yu; Professor - Kangwon National Uiversity; Chuncheon, Kangwon-do, Korea
  • Melkisedeck Lyamuya; Director of Advocacy - Tanzanian Lawyers for Energy and Natural Resource Watch; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Matt King; Senior Manager - Newmont Mining Corporation; Denver, CO, USA
  • Isabel Cane; Research Manager - Center for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland; Brisbane, QLD, Australia  
  • Siri Teilmann-Ibsen; Communications Coordinator - Alliance for Responsible Mining; Medellin, Colombia
  • Jeff Wirht; Consultant, Lecturer, Coach  - JSCW Consultants; Paramaribo, Suriname
New Posts
  • Angola's Catoca mine: Avoiding harm to the environment  - Solomon Appiah - Read
  • Our latest Edition on GREAT Insights: Special edition on extractive industries - Isabelle Ramdoo  - Read
  • Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA): Precedent-Setting standard for responsible mining released - OGEL Journal - Read
  • Parlez-vous Fairmined? The Fairmined standard now available in French - Siri Teilmann-Ibsen - Read
  • Technology in stakeholder engagement: Initial results of an industry survey - Antoine Heuty - Read
  • API’s new community engagement guidelines for oil and natural gas developers - Marie-Eve RodrigueRead
  • Examples of good practices in corruption risk mitigation in extractives sector - Samira Lindner - Read
  • How to talk to a local community crash course 7-14 - Jodi LissRead
  • Ghana : Newspaper reports on oil and gas increased by 100% but more needs to be done - kwami Ahiabenu - Read


  • Oxfam America and African Center for Energy Policy(ACEP); Report launch: "Three Years of Petroleum Revenue Management in Ghana - Transparency without Accountability"; Washington, D.C., USA; August 7, 2014 - RSVP 


  • Open Society Foundations: An Event to Discuss Natural Resources, Fiscal and Financial Transparency; Washington, D.C., USA; August 4, 2014 - RSVP
  • CEGIEAF; 4th Summer School on Extractives Governance; Yaounde, Cameroon; August 18 - August 30, 2014 - RSVP 
  • International Tax Compact, the European Commission and the World Bank Group: Conference on Taxation of Extractive Industries; Brussels, Belgium; September 9 - September 11, 2014 - RSVP 
  • Queen's University: Forum on Community Relations in the Extractive Sector; Toronto, Canada; August 18-29, 2014 - RSVP
  • Synergy Global & University of Witwatersrand: Certificate Programme - Community Relations Practice in the Extractive Industry: Management of Community Benefits and Partnerships; Johannesburg, South Africa; August 25-29, 2014 - RSVP
  • IGF: The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development; Geneva, Switzerland; October 20-24, 2014 - RSVP
  • IAIA: Special Symposium for Resettlement; Kruger National Park, South Africa; October 20-24, 2014 - RSVP

Remember: GOXIans are everywhere

Jobs and More
  • World Bank: Call for Resumes: Gender and Extractive Industries Expert Consultant Roster  - Submit
  • TDM: Call for Papers - Arbitration in the Middle East - Expectations and Challenges for the Future - Submit by September 30
  • Tetra Tech ARD; ICGLR Coordinator, Capacity Building for Responsible Minerals Trade Project - Burundi - Apply
  • Tetra Tech ARD: Director of Finance and Administration, Capacity Building for Responsible Minerals Trade Project - DRC - Apply
  • Tetra Tech ARD: Support Staff, Capacity Building for Responsible Minerals Trade Project - DRC - Apply

Remember: Post a job as a blog and we'll do the rest

Featured Company - Rosneft

With 4.6 million BOE per day (oil + natural gas equivalents), Rosneft is Forbes’ 5th biggest oil company and the biggest publicly-traded oil company in the world. Founded in 1993, the integrated energy company, which accounts for more than 40% of Russian oil production, powered its way into the top five with two big moves in the past decade. First, Rosneft was the primary beneficiary of the sale at a deep discount of the assets of former giant, Yukos, after it was nationalized. The second big move was the 2013 acquisition of TNK-BP, a BP-oll joint venture, in a $55 billion deal. The company remains majority-owned by the Russian state (69.5%). BP owns 19.75%, and the remaining 10.75% is publicly traded.

Information on featured members and organizations is based on content shared by members or publicly available information, edited for language and brevity, and should not be considered an endorsement by GOXI of any member's skills or experience.

Beyond GOXI: Books, News, Papers and Reports
  • BHP Billiton reduce en 6% dotación de trabajadores en Cerro Colorado y Spence - El Diario - Read
  • Newmont to spend $900 million to develop Suriname gold mine - Mining.com - Read
  • EIA: OPEC’s 2013 oil export revenues fall 7% - Oil&Gas Journal - Read
  • Mali cancels 130 mining permits after sector audit - Reuters - Read
  • Government seeks more transparency, social sensivity for miners - Live Mint - Read
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