Energy Minister Nada Boustani in mid-March called on Lebanese civil society to elect their representatives to the Multi-Stakeholder Group, a key body for transparency in the sector that is composed of government, industry and civil society representatives.
Forming the MSG is the initial stage Lebanon must carry out in order to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, a global standard for good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources that has been adopted by 52 countries.
Lebanon in 2017 announced its intention to join EITI, though there were delays due to the political situation in the country and the election process was only launched then.
Boustani however reiterated her “commitment to move forward with national transparency commitments as a basis for the success of the offshore oil and gas sector in Lebanon.”
Upon the formation of the nominations committee, as per the Code of Conduct developed and endorsed by the Lebanese civil society organizations, a timeline for the elections will be published by the nominations committee. Civil society that fit the criteria prescribed in the Code of Conduct should consider participating in the election process.
LOGI will be sharing a detailed timeline of the process across its social media platforms once published by the committee.