IMPACT Justice hosting regional oil and gas workshop in Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados — The Canadian-Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project is hosting a training and competency development workshop on oil and gas in the Caribbean. The three-day session, which starts on September 28th in Barbados, is being held in conjunction with the London Centre of International Law Practice and the University of Calgary.

IMPACT Justice, regional project director, Professor Velma Newton, said that the workshop was timely considering the current momentum in deep-water exploration in countries in the Caribbean.

“The oil and gas industry is a relatively new area for most of the countries in the region. This workshop will let participants address concerns around the oil and gas industry in the Caribbean and will allow them to contribute meaningfully towards improving the sector in their respective countries,” she said.

The workshop focuses on four topic areas over the three days. These are: maritime boundaries and oil and gas resources; petroleum contracts; health, safety and the environment and the impact of fiscal systems and taxation.

The 33 participants registered for the course are drawn from around the region. They include attorneys general, public sector officers from ministries responsible for oil, gas, energy and natural resources and university lecturers and students.

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