Communications in Natural Resources Training, Lebanon, November 2018
Governments helping each other
This Group was built to be a trusted space where governments are encouraged to share questions and discuss solutions that can help them manage their natural resources in the most effective way and to obtain lasting, positive outcomes. Member countries offer each other help and receive expert advice to understand the risks and the opportunities of becoming new oil and gas producers as the world economy begins to decarbonise.
We believe that governance recommendations gain better acceptance if designed by producer countries. This unique approach helps us develop practical guidelines for making effective decisions about the structure and rules of the petroleum sector in an imperfect context. The forum allows us to develop practical tools to support policy implementation and provides us with capacity building, training and mentoring opportunities that take each country’s specific context into account.
Who are we?
We are a network of government officials, national oil company executives and subject matter experts from over 30 countries. We are always open to welcoming new member countries from emerging oil and gas provinces as well as established producers.
Scroll through the maps to see members on each continent. Click on a country to see the site’s related resources.
The membership changes, depending on which countries are actively engaged. We currently have:
- 17 countries at the exploration phase (in green)
- 6 at the post-discovery development phase (in orange)
- 4 new producers (in blue)
- 11 established producers (in purple)
In South America, current members include Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, Uruguay and Trinidad & Tobago.
There is some overlap in the stage of development categories. Some countries listed as explorers may have made small discoveries and some established producers seeking to open their offshore or onshore acreage could also be listed as explorers, for instance.
In Central America and the Caribbean current member countries include Mexico, Belize, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, Bahamas, and Trinidad & Tobago.
Who are we?
We are a network of 700 government officials from petroleum and energy ministries, regulatory agencies, finance ministries, revenue authorities, environmental agencies, planning ministries, sub-national governments and national oil companies.
In Europe, current member countries include Norway and Montenegro.
Current members in Asia include Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste.