As the Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) abides by a participatory approach with different stakeholders in the oil and gas sector, the LPA signed several Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with academia, civil society organizations, non-profit private organizations and public institutions to promote the understanding of the nascent petroleum sector among stakeholders, to share information and expertise, to raise awareness and build public and private capacities in the goal to develop a strong oil and gas sector through well-informed players.
Below are the MoUs that the LPA signed with different stakeholders.
MoU Between the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Beirut and Mount Lebanon; and the LPA
MoU Between the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Tripoli and North Lebanon; and the LPA
The Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Beirut and Mount Lebanon on one hand and in Tripoli and North Lebanon on the other play a role in promoting and supporting the private sector, its productivity and its competitiveness. The Chambers also plays a role in international economic organizations and in shaping local economic policies.
Additionally, the prospective oil and gas sector is expected to bring about social, economic and infrastructural changes in Lebanon.
Given this context, the LPA signed a three-year renewable MoU with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Beirut and Mount Lebanon on the 8th of January 2016; and a three-year renewable MoU with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Tripoli and Northern Lebanon on the 15th of February 2016.
In this regard, the parties aim to cooperate in order to build local capacities in such a way to continuously develop the skills of the industrial sector and to prepare it to participate productively in petroleum activities.
Also, the objectives of this MoU aim to improve the national economic possibilities, to initiate successfully a sustainable developmental approach to petroleum activities, to attract investors and incentivize interest in Lebanon’s prospective resources through scientific and consultative activities that cover the economic and financial aspects related to exploration activities in Lebanon. These activities are designed to bring about benefits to the local economy on one hand, and to industries on the other hand.
The objectives of the MoU are to be met through the organization of joint trainings and conferences among other means.
MoU Between the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) and the LPA
On the 1st of September 2015 the LPA and USEK agreed to collaborate over a duration of a five-year period on oil and gas related topics to promote the understanding of the two institutions on the nascent Lebanese petroleum sector and to exchange expertise on mutually beneficial matters.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the development of the oil and gas technical education in Lebanon; the development of the oil and gas related higher education; the scientific collaboration and the elaboration of common research projects such as the social, economic and environmental impacts of the oil and gas industry in Lebanon; and finally the organization of seminars and conferences related to the oil and gas industry.
MoU Between the Consultative Centre for Studies and Documentation and the LPA
On the 4th of August 2015 the Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) and the Consultative Centre for Studies and Documentation signed a one-year renewable MoU, which aims to promote cooperation, knowledge sharing, expertise and information on topics related to the management and the development of petroleum related activities in Lebanon.
The objectives are to be met through the joint organization of meetings, round tables and conferences, in addition to the preparation of studies and researches on relevant oil and gas related topics that would jointly benefit and promote the knowledge of the two entities on the nascent petroleum sector.
MoU Between the Syndicate of Lawyers and the LPA
On the 22nd of October 2014 the Syndicate of Lawyers in Beirut and the LPA signed a two-year renewable MoU to promote cooperation, to exchange expertise and to undertake common scientific and consultative activities that cover the legal aspects of oil and gas exploration activities in Lebanon. This MoU is set to develop lawyers’ capabilities related to the nascent petroleum sector, hence to improve the knowledge of the legal body in general and lawyers in particular.
More specifically, the MoU emphasizes on the continuous cooperation between the two parties on organizing and participating in conferences, round tables and trainings related to the legal and legislative aspects of oil and gas exploration activities.
Additionally, this MoU entitles the LPA to provide the Syndicate of Lawyers the necessary scientific and technical assistance in order to prepare academic curriculums addressing the legal, legislative and contractual aspects of oil and gas activities in Lebanon.
Furthermore, the LPA also provides the Syndicate’s related library publications, brochures and documents in order to support the lawyers’ researches on oil and gas related matters. On its side, the Syndicate provides the LPA consultative legal assistance when needed among other activities.
MoU Between the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the LPA
The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at AUB and the LPA put a strong emphasis on collaborating on matters addressing the exchange of information, studies and researches in relation to the nascent petroleum sector in Lebanon. Also the collaboration between the AUB and the LPA aims to develop academic curriculums and training programmes through the establishment of oil and gas research programmes.
In this regard the MoU between the AUB and the LPA aims to promote petroleum related knowledge and to build capacities; to put in place common activities namely meetings and conferences; to specify academic programmes related to renewable energies and the petroleum sector among other things.
The MoU between the AUB and the LPA was signed on the 2nd of June 2014 for a three-year renewable period.
MoU Between the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) and the LPA
On the 22nd of July 2013 a one-year renewable MoU was signed between the LCPS and the LPA. The objective of this MoU is to promote cooperation and exchange of information and expertise in relation to the management and the development of petroleum activities in Lebanon.
More specifically, the activities around which the MoU turn are the following: cooperation in the organization of meetings, roundtables and conferences; preparation and exchange of studies and researches; exchange of publications and information and the organization of timely meetings to follow up on the MoU progress and implementation.
Several activities were organized in 2014 and 2015, namely a series of round table discussions about the fiscal terms of the draft model Exploration and Production Agreement (EPA) in March 2014; and workshops on governance and transparency (June 2014, October 2015); in addition several policy papers discussions were initiated on topics such as the oil and gas fiscal framework and revenues management, and potential export options for Lebanon to name a few.
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