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University experts share Canadian oil and mining regulatory experience in Africa

UToday HomeSeptember 6, 2013

By Allan Ingelson
Executive Director, CIRL

In 1979, the Faculty of Law created the Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL) which has become a leading national centre on legal and policy issues regarding Canada’s natural resources. After the breakup of the former Soviet Union, CIRL researchers assisted the Russian government for five years with reforming its oil and gas legal framework, then worked in Vietnam on water issues.

The Government of the Republique Du Congo (RDC) recently invited several University of Calgary faculty members to share their experience on oil and mining regulations with the RDC, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic.

From Aug. 27 to 30, professors Allan Ingelson (Faculty of Law), Hussein Warsame (Haskayne School of Business), post-doctoral research fellow Chilenye Nwapi (Faculty of Law) and assistant deputy minister Stephen LeClair, Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, Economics and Fiscal Policy, met with 76 African parliamentarians, senior government officials and members of civil society in Brazzaville, RDC.

CIRL experts provided a series of presentations on Canada’s oil and mining regulatory experience, tax policy, the government of Alberta’s approach to the budgeting and management of oil and gas revenues, taxation, and mineral revenue reporting practices as part of a World Bank initiative to improve transparency in the RDC extractive industries.

“Sharing the Alberta and Canadian petroleum regulatory experience with these governments to create laws that can increase transparency in the expenditure of revenue from publicly-owned resources should have a significant positive impact on the welfare of millions of people,” says Allan Ingelson, executive director of CIRL.

After listening to the presentations of the Canadian experts, the government of RDC has requested further assistance from CIRL to prepare a new transparency law. In addition, the minister of hydrocarbons with the Democratic Republic of Congo has requested a meeting at the University of Calgary to discuss whether CIRL could provide assistance with developing a new law to improve transparency in that country’s extractive industries.

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