Kaissy said there’s major incentive for Lebanon’s oil and gas governance process to be as transparent as possible. (The Daily Star/Betsy Joles)
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As Lebanon gears up for the commencement of the first round of bidding for oil and gas contracts, Diana Kaissy, the new executive director for the Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative, is focused on ensuring applicants are transparent.As the only NGO in Lebanon focused on transparency in the oil and gas industry, LOGI hopes to apply scrutiny through every stage of the process to ensure the bidding companies abide by the rules after contracts are drawn.Kaissy said there's major incentive for Lebanon's oil and gas governance process to be as transparent as possible to attract international oil companies.They are ours," Kaissy said.With her previous role at the NGO Publish What You Pay, a civil society organization focused on accountability from oil producing countries, Kaissy said her nontechnical helps ensure that the public doesn't get left behind during these crucial stages of the oil and gas sector's development. Part of LOGI's work is raising public awareness about Lebanon's resources and the oil and gas contract process.Kaissy said she's optimistic in LOGI and the public's ability to influence Parliament and the Lebanese Petroleum Association as the oil and gas sector develops.
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