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Event summary  2020

Annual Meeting 2020

The 8th Annual Meeting of the New Producers Group took place from 1–3 December 2020, with a focus on fostering resilience in emerging producers. The meeting considered how new producers can adapt their approaches in light of the shocks from the pandemic, and the prospects that the global energy transition will precipitate significant changes in oil and gas markets.

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Article  2019

Energy Transition Brings New Challenges for New Petroleum Producers

The article covers the 2019 New Producers Group annual meeting. Held in Uganda, the meeting focused on the impact of the global energy transition on the pursuit of long-term economic benefits from oil and gas production.

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Event summary  2019

National Seminar for Uganda

As Uganda prepares for oil production, this seminar provided an opportunity for its government agencies to harmonize public policies that affect or are affected by the oil sector, coordinate across government for improved information flow and planning, and identify investments through which Uganda can leverage the oil sector and achieve its sustainable development goals.

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Event summary  2019

Annual Meeting 2019

The 7th Annual Meeting of the New Producers Group was held in Kampala on 11–15 November 2019 and hosted by Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, the Petroleum Authority of Uganda and the Uganda National Oil Company. The meeting included two days of specialised training covering topics such as risks relating to the development of the petroleum sector, revenue management, contract negotiation, communications in the natural resource sector, national oil company performance drivers, and oil metering, valuation and marketing.

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Article  2017

Contemplating Oil Prospects, Suriname and Guyana Look to Peers

The neighboring South American countries of Suriname and Guyana are adjusting to life in the spotlight of the global oil industry. As they adapt to new prospects that are both exciting and challenging, government officials in both countries hope to learn from the experiences of their peers in other new oil hotspots.

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Event summary  2016

National seminar for Guyana, Good Governance: Preparing for First Oil

The Good Governance: Preparing for First Oil in Guyana seminar was held in Georgetown on the 17 and 18 November 2016. Following the significant oil discovery made offshore in Guyana, this seminar was designed to help policymakers prepare for first oil production; to review policy options (and the trade-offs involved in pursuing the various options); and to discuss what changes in laws and institutions would be required to best prepare for oil production.

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Report  2016

Guidelines for Good Governance in Emerging Oil and Gas Producers

The purpose of these Guidelines is to help emerging producers and the groups that advise them to think critically about the policy options that are available, and that would be most effective during the first stages of exploration and development, or during a restructuring of the country’s oil and gas sector.

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Event summary  2014

Annual Meeting 2014

The New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group convened for its second meeting May 12-13 at Chatham House. The meeting brought together national oil company (NOC) executives, government officials and civil society representatives from 18 different emerging producer countries, key governance advisory groups, and some large and smaller oil companies for a […]

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Report  2012

Governance Challenges for Emerging Oil and Gas Producers

This paper presents key questions of concern to emerging oil and gas producers and lays out possible policy options. The focus is on new oil and gas producers, countries that are attracting exploration interest or have recently made discoveries, as well as more established small producers that plan to restructure their sector. Two sets of policy challenges are presented. One relates to designing the licensing terms and sector legislation in a manner that attracts the most qualified investors under terms that are beneficial to the country in the long-term. The second is to set up capable institutions to oversee and monitor resource development.

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Dr Valérie Marcel is co-founder and executive director of the New Producers for Sustainable Energy. She is an expert on national oil companies, governance, energy transition and emerging strategic issues shaping the energy sector and advises governments and NOCs on these issues. She is a Research Associate at SOAS and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and sits on various advisory councils, including at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the OECD, and the Payne Institute. She served as both Deputy Chair and Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP). She was a member of the World Economic Forum's Strategy Officers group and of Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives. Previously, she led energy research at Chatham House and taught international relations at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po), Paris and Cairo University.

In 2020, Marny Daal-Vogelland retired from Staatsolie, the NOC of Suriname, after a career of over 23 years. As director of the Staatsolie Hydrocarbon Institute she was responsible for the team that assessed the petroleum potential in offshore Suriname, promoted the investment opportunities in oil and gas, negotiated petroleum agreements and monitored signed petroleum agreements. During her career she prepared and executed bidding rounds, technical study agreements and was the lead negotiator of seventeen PSCs for twelve offshore and five onshore blocks. Marny is a member of the supervisory board of the Republic Bank, the St Vincentius Hospital, the Majella senior citizen center. She has lectured at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname and has served on several committees on behalf of the Government, employers’ organizations, and trade unions. She holds a master’s degree in law and an MBA in Petroleum & Gas Management.

Peter Stewart is an EMEA lead at Squire Patton Bogg's Energy & Natural Resources Group and a partner in the London office. Peter's practice spans energy and infrastructure projects, corporate and technology transactions, and international arbitration. His geographic focus in energy, infrastructure and arbitration has been on Africa and emerging economies, while his corporate practice has been mainly in private equity, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions largely in the technology arena.

Laura Robinson, CPA, MPA, CFE, is the President of the ICGFM and President of Swale House Partners Inc., providing bespoke risk management services to government clients worldwide. Prior to Swale House Partners, she served as a senior civil servant with the U.S. Government after starting her career as an auditor at Deloitte. Mrs. Robinson is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Business Continuity Management.  She holds an International Diploma in Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management, an Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California.

Vanessa Ushie is Acting Director of the AfDB’s specialised department for natural resources management and investment, and Manager of the division for policy analysis on natural resources. She leads the AfDB’s strategy, programmes, and policy engagements to catalyse natural resource investments for sustainable development in Africa. She has worked for over 20 years on sustainable development. Vanessa holds a PhD in Economics from SOAS, University of London.

Dr Valérie Marcel is co-founder and executive director of the New Producers for Sustainable Energy. She is an expert on national oil companies, governance, energy transition and emerging strategic issues shaping the energy sector and advises governments and NOCs on these issues. She is a Research Associate at SOAS and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and sits on various advisory councils, including at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the OECD, and the Payne Institute. She served as both Deputy Chair and Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP). She was a member of the World Economic Forum's Strategy Officers group and of Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives. Previously, she led energy research at Chatham House and taught international relations at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po), Paris and Cairo University.

Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam is Ghana’s Minister of State for Finance and a member of parliament for Karaga. He was previously Deputy Minister of Energy and chaired Ghana’s National Energy Transition Committee. He has worked extensively on extractive industries and resource management as a University lecturer, advisor on resource governance and a campaigner for transparency in resource management around the globe. Before working in the Ministry of Energy, Amin Adam was the Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP).

Honey Malinga holds a Master of Science in Exploration Geophysics, a diploma in Exploration Geophysics and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He currently serves as a Director, Directorate of Petroleum, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda.

Vandana Gangaram Panday is Director of the Surinamese regulator Staatsolie Hydrocarbon Institute. She previously held various role in Staatsolie, the national oil company of Suriname, including Manager of Offshore Strategy, E&P Strategy, Strategy and Business Development Manager, and

Patrick has worked on legal reform and governance initiatives in the developing world for more than 20 years for organizations including USAID, the U.S. State Department, the Asian Development Bank, Creative Associates International and The International Center for Transitional Justice. He was a senior visiting fellow at the Center for Law, Energy & Environment at the University of California, Berkeley.

Patrick is Chief Program Officer at NRGI and his own research work focuses on several core elements of natural resource governance, including the management of state-owned enterprises, legislative and regulatory reform and oil and mining contracts. He coordinates the organization’s work on the implications of climate change for the economies of resource-dependent countries.

Dr Valérie Marcel is co-founder and executive director of the New Producers for Sustainable Energy. She is an expert on national oil companies, governance, energy transition and emerging strategic issues shaping the energy sector and advises governments and NOCs on these issues. She is a Research Associate at SOAS and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and sits on various advisory councils, including at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the OECD, and the Payne Institute. She served as both Deputy Chair and Chair of the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnerships (REEEP). She was a member of the World Economic Forum's Strategy Officers group and of Columbia University’s Executive Session on the Politics of Extractives. Previously, she led energy research at Chatham House and taught international relations at the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po), Paris and Cairo University.