The Ivory Coast

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Institutional cooperation


Cooperating institutions
Ministry of Mines and Energy
Ministry of Environment

Goals and objectives
Provide assistance in competence and capacity building within resource and environmental management.

Project period

Total budget
NOK 2.7 million

Petroleum resource and environmental management training

Oil for Development:
Mr. Svein Heglund,

Cooperating institutions in Norway:
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)
Ministry of the Environment (MoE)
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD)


Country facts


Official Name
Republic of Cote d’Ivoire


Chief of state
President Laurent Gbagbo

Head of Government
Prime Minister Guillaume Soro

20 617 068 (2009 est.)

Petroleum sector, key figures
Average oil production: 60 100 bbl/day (2008 est.)
Annual gas production: 1.3 bill m3 (2008 est.)

Organization of the sector
Ministry of Mines and Energy


Brief history of the project

Based on an earlier request from the Ministry of Mines and Energy to Norwegian authorities, an OFD delegation visited Abidjan in the summer of 2008 where a programme was agreed upon. A seminar on petroleum policy and resource management was organized in the autumn of 2008 as the first step.


Activities in 2009

A seminar/workshop on “Environmental Management” was held on 27-29 April. Participating institutions were Ministry of Environment, Environment Agency (ANDE), Anti-Pollution Agency (CIAPOL), Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of Finance, Petroci, Gestoci and Ivorian Refining Company (SIR). The event was organized to be of regional interest and representatives from Mali, Guinea, Benin and Togo were present.

A workshop on “Monitoring of the Upstream Sector” was arranged on 9–11 November. Participating institutions were Ministry of Environment, Environment Agency (ANDE), Anti Pollution Agency (CIAPOL), Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of Finance, Petroci, Gestoci. Representatives from Mali, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Benin and Togo participated, as well as the two oil companies Afren and Foxtrot.

A regional seminar on data management was held on 7–11 December in Yamoussoukro. Countries participating were the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, São Tome & Principe and Mali.

The Ivorian government has requested to formalize the cooperation into institutional cooperation with relevant Norwegian institutions.

One person participated in Petrad’s eight-week programme on Petroleum Policy and Resource Management.


Key achievements in 2009

In total over 120 people participated in the seminars and workshops, and eight countries with petroleum production or potential in West Africa were represented. This is likely to have increased the regional dialogue and information exchange concerning petroleum sector governance issues.