INOC Law: update and follow-up
    الأربعاء 23 مارس / أذار 2016 - 03:35
    Ahmad Mousa Jiyad
    Iraq/ Development Consultancy and Research, Norway
    Things, nowadays, look confused and fuggy at the Ministry of Oil and the Parliament; and most certainly this is the case for the INOC proposed draft law.

     A draft INOC Law (among other related old and proposed laws) was posted to selective domestic participants, including Ministry and Government Officials, Parliamentarians and oil professionals, who  were invited to attend the regular MoO monthly consultative meetings initially scheduled on 12 March then postponed to 16 March. As mentioned earlier I was asked to give opinion on the proposed INOC Law, which I did. Moreover, I shared the same within my professional network and post my feedback on IBN,  

    Few hours before the commencement of 16 March meeting, I received an email from the Ministry of Oil stating that the circulated draft INOC Law has nothing to do with the Ministry. That proposed INOC law seems to represent, as confirmed latter, a personal view proposed by a retired ministry official.
    The questions are how come a personal view was disseminated, formally, by the preparatory committee for the Ministry’s monthly consultative meetings? Who is responsible for such unusual intrusion to formal and official meetings? And why that was not discovered until the commencement of the meeting?
    Those attending the 16 March consultative meetings were informed that the Ministry of Oil will today present its INOC Law, not the circulated one. In fact one of the independent experts, while giving his views on the circulated text, was told that the meeting is to discuss a different draft; he stopped talking and left the meeting in dismay and anger.
    The Director General of the Legal Directorate at the Ministry outlined, in a PowerPoint, the main contents of INOC Law; which is very different from  the circulated text.
     Three participants in the said meeting wrote to me confirming the above; and one of them writes, "This was just preliminary meeting , …, they [at the Ministry] are proposing other meetings till they approach the maturity of adrift.”
    In a surprised move a third, deferent from the other two, INOC draft law was reported to be tabled for the first reading before the Parliament at 11.00AM (local time) on the following day- 17 March. One of my three contacts writes at 10.00AM on that day, "Information indicates that the draft law was withdrawn”.
    However, according to the record of the debate for that day, the Parliament President gave instruction to send formal letter requesting the Government to clarify its position on the draft of the tabled law and whether the Government has final draft of the law or not.
    Three different texts for INOC Law reflect a state of unhealthy chaotic situation: leaving the first personal proposal aside, for lack of credibility and formal standing, the other two drafts (by the Ministry PowerPoint and by the Parliament) are not carefully thoughts. Both proposals replicate 2007 thinking and the "Package of Laws” that marked the demise of the federal oil and gas law; back to square one!.
    But this issue deserve further consideration and analysis, which I might address latter.
    Ahmed Mousa Jiyad
    Iraq/ Development Consultancy and Research,
    22 March 2016
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