The New Producers Group has launched a web platform that showcases its wide range of activities and resources as well as a ‘members portal’ for the network of 30 emerging oil and gas-producing countries to engage with each other.
Established jointly by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Chatham House in 2012, the New Producers Group (NPG) seeks to support these countries – including 15 from the Commonwealth – to manage their resources effectively and sustainably.
Economic adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat and project lead on the NPG, Naadira Ogeer, said: “We are thrilled to launch this interactive website as a hub for networking and knowledge exchange that we hope will help governments navigate the complex oil and gas sectors, find fit-for-purpose solutions, and understand the voices of other stakeholders.
“Given the ongoing transformations in the global economy, our focus is not only on good governance but also helping countries prepare for a world beyond oil and gas.”
Last month, the NPG held its annual general assembly virtually to discuss various future scenarios for the oil and gas sector, as well as strategies to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global transition towards a lower carbon economy.
Ms Ogeer added: “As countries grapple with the fallout of the pandemic and focus on developing resilient economies, having a safe space for peer-to-peer exchanges amongst government officials is so important. There is a need now more than ever for countries to share and learn from each other’s experiences – this is at the heart of the New Producers Group.”
Fifteen Commonwealth member countries, including small states and developing countries, are part of the NPG. The Commonwealth Secretariat also offers technical advice in the petroleum sector to member countries that request it.
For more information about the New Producers Group, visit www.newproducersgroup.online
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