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Article  2020

Should Sovereign Wealth Funds Invest to Achieve the Paris Agreement?

Almost all the government owners of sovereign wealth funds are signatories to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Yet, despite this commitment, the world is not on course to meet these goals. There has been a significant effort, however, by regulators and investors to better integrate climate change considerations into financial markets and ensure investment is consistent with the Paris Agreement’s goals. This article argues that sovereign wealth funds should be at the vanguard of these efforts by investors to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals.

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Video  2020

Finance and the energy transition

For this panel discussion on the role of finance in the energy transition, the New Producers Group brought together a range of different actors in the investment community, from banking and international finance institutions to private equity capital and fund managers. We asked them how they perceive the relative risk of oil, gas and renewables in emerging markets in light of Covid and the oil price slump. This meeting of the Fostering Resilience in Crisis series was on the record.

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Article  2020

Africa’s New Oil and Gas Producers Must Prepare for More Disappointment in the Post-Coronavirus Era

The crash in oil and gas prices, triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and the slump in economic activity, has dealt a blow to the plans and public finances of major oil- and gas-producing countries. But a group of countries in sub-Saharan Africa once designated as “prospective producers” are facing a different challenge.

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Video  2020

Impact of Covid and the oil price crash on the local content policies

The risks associated with global supply chains are more prominent as a result of the crisis. But there are also risks associated with local suppliers. Will international oil companies’ own commercial and strategic interests drive them to invest more in developing the capabilities of local suppliers? How can governments reduce the vulnerability of their national suppliers to pandemic risks? This meeting in the Fostering Resilience in Crisis series was under Chatham House Rule.

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Video  2020

The impact of Covid-19 and the oil market crash on the pace and course of the energy transitions

This meeting in the New Producers Group series Fostering Resilience in Crisis examined the impact of the oil price crash and the Covid pandemic on the pace and course of the energy transition, with a specific focus on the impact on oil and gas vs. energy alternatives. Two scenarios helped structure the discussion.

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Video  2020

Government and company response to the crisis

During this time of global pandemic and oil market crash, maintaining and fostering resilience is a focus in all of the member countries of the New Producers Group. This virtual meeting examined how oil companies and governments are thinking about the crisis and how they can respond to foster resilience of their people and organisations.

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Report  2020

How Did Africa’s Prospective Petroleum Producers Fall Victim to the Presource Curse

This paper reviews resource sector developments in 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa that made their first (major) petroleum discoveries during the most recent commodity boom. The analysis, which goes back to 2001, looks at sector forecasts of international organizations, governments, and companies and compares them with the results that emerged.

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Policy brief  2020

Covid-19 Impact on the Oil and Gas Sector

The global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has required extraordinary measures across the world and led to unprecedented disruption in global oil markets. This policy brief gives an overview of the oil market price crash, the subsequent response by companies and how COVID-19 has impacted the outlook for oil and gas markets.

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Report  2020

Enhancing the Performance of African National Oil Companies

Countries endowed with oil and gas hope these resources will lift their economies. They create national oil companies (NOCs) to act as vehicles for national participation in the oil and gas sector, to capture a greater share of the resource rents and act as catalysts for the implementation of broader development goals. This study proposes a methodology to evaluate and benchmark the performance of African NOCs, taking into account the regulatory and policy environment in which they operate.

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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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