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Commonwealth Secretariat - Oceans and Natural Resources Advisory Division

Description

The Commonwealth Secretariat is a voluntary association of independent and equal sovereign states. Its special strength lies in the combination of its diversity and shared inheritance. Its members are bound together by respect for all states and peoples, by shared values and principles and by concern for the vulnerable.

The Oceans and Natural Resources Advisory Division aims to achieve strengthened, equitable and sustainable management of maritime and other natural resources. This is mostly done through the provision of technical assistance to Commonwealth Member countries in establishing modern and effective legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks for the sustainable governance of maritime and other natural resources.

Negotiation Support General

Regional focus:

The Commonwealth Secretariat provides support to its Commonwealth Member countries around the world.

Assistance criteria:

Must be a member country of the Commonwealth.

Sector focus:

Extractive Industries (oil, gas and mining) and ocean resource governance, including maritime boundary delimitations and continental shelf extensions.

Collaboration with partners:

The Commonwealth Secretariat is currently exploring opportunities for coordination and collaboration with other organizations following a successful collaboration with other organizations in the provision of oil and gas sector support.

Types of expertise:

The Commonwealth Secretariat has in-house expertise in the following areas:

  • Legal/ policy formulation;
  • Negotiation strategy;
  • Economists/ financial analysts/ financial modelling;
  • Environmental impact;
  • Social impact and human rights;
  • Good governance; and
  • Fiscal and revenue management.

The Commonwealth Secretariat also engages external experts in the following areas:

  • Geologists;
  • Land use experts; and
  • Occupational health and work safety.

Number of in-house experts:

Six in-house experts: 

  • Legal: 6
  • Technical/ environmental: 2
  • Financial/ economic: 3

Length of involvement:

18 months, depending on the development of further work streams during project execution.

Fee/non-fee based support:

Non-fee based support.

Speed of response:

Generally rapid. Maximum response time of one month to six weeks.

Practical constraints:

The Oceans and Natural Resources Advisory Division is constrained by the size of its team and how many projects it can engage in simultaneously.

Types of negotiation support

Setting the Legal & Policy Framework Stage:

The Ocean Governance and Natural Resources Management Advisory Division provides assistance with:

  • The formulation of government policies and strategies;
  • The reform of legislative and regulatory frameworks; and
  • Sector wide analyses - when linked to a specific task.

Pre-Negotiation Stage:

The Ocean Governance and Natural Resources Management Advisory Division provides direct support in relation to:

  • The preparation of model contracts; and
  • The financial structure of a proposed investment project.

It can also provide advisory guidance in the preparation of environmental and social impact assessments and feasibility studies.

Contract Negotiation Stage:

The TOcean Governance and Natural Resources Management Advisory Division does not provide direct contract negotiation support. However, it does provide assistance in relation to:

  • The development of a negotiation position;
  • The development of a negotiation strategy; and
  • The review of contractual provisions of contracts.

It can also provide advisory guidance in relation to the assembly of a negotiation team. 

Implementation & Monitoring Stage:

No.

Advancing Knowledge-Sharing and Management:

The Oceans and Natural Resources Advisory Division advises Commonwealth Member countries to refer to the EI SourceBook for information on the extractive industries.

Provider Type:

Support Providers