Limiting risks of corruption and enhancing transparency and accountability mechanisms in Lebanon’s oil and gas sector are critical for the future of the country. LOGI hired international and local law firms specialized in petroleum law to review Lebanon’s petroleum legislation. The identified potential red flags, risks of corruption and lack of transparency are detailed in an 84-page report. These findings were discussed during a September 15 workshop with representatives of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration, Members of Parliament, petroleum experts, and civil society.
Below is a list of key recommendations (also available in Arabic) that LOGI seeks to highlight based on the report and workshop discussions. These recommendations are not intended to delay the first offshore licensing round, but are meant to highlight existing concerns and find ways to mitigate them.