A THREE day workshop hosted by the United States Embassy in Port Moresby covering best practice in oil and gas management was widely praised by attendees.

Held from 29 April to 1 May, the workshop hosted subject matter experts from the US, Australia and Papua New Guinea to exchange experiences and best practice.

Participants explored how agencies involved in oil and gas development could work together to implement PNG’s policies and laws, and discussed ways to improve communication and coordination amongst themselves.

At the end of the workshop, the participants identified best practices and solutions for improving policy coordination, streamlining processes, and boosting interagency coordination to bolster the regulation of oil and gas development in Papua New Guinea.

Entitled “Identifying Best Practices for the Regulation of Oil and Gas Development in Papua New Guinea,” the workshop included officials from the Departments of Petroleum and Energy; Environment and Conservation; Land and Physical Planning; Trade, Commerce and Industry; Finance; Treasury; Justice and Attorney General; National Planning; and Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives from the Gas Projects Coordination Office and the National Petroleum Company.

Dr McGuire said the workshop was about looking at governance and capacity in the oil and gas sector.

“After the last workshop, we identified that there was a need for much better coordination between the different government departments and authorities and agencies, which became one of the key objectives that helped the design of this year’s workshop,” she said.

“That’s part of what we’re trying to do – really deliver to people what their individual needs are by building the capacity of individuals. By default, we also build the capacity of the departments and then build the capacity of Papua New Guinea,” said Dr. McGuire.

This workshop is the latest in a series of exchanges funded by the Bureau of Energy Resources at the US Department of State since 2012 as part of the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI).

EGCI’s objective is to work with Papua New Guinea to manage oil and gas sector revenues wisely and maximise and sustain natural resource development for the country and its people, the group said.

The EGCI provides a wide range of technical and capacity building assistance from the US interagency including the Department of Interior to the selected countries that are on the verge of becoming the world’s next generation of oil and gas producers.

Director of Petroleum Division at the Department of Petroleum and Energy Jimmy Haumu said the workshops were great for the department.

“They get us together with our other agency colleagues where we share our experiences and can identify avenues for progress on challenging issues,” he said.