As the world transitions from an energy system reliant on fossil fuels toward a cleaner mix with a higher prevalence of renewable sources, governments and national oil companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region must adapt to avoid economic disruption.
Oversight actors can detect and prevent corruption in the oil, gas and mining sectors if they ask the right questions. Corruption schemes can be complex and opaque, yet clear patterns and similar signs of problematic behavior do exist across resource-rich countries.
Revenue Watch Institute deputy director Antoine Heuty spoke about mineral wealth in the Maghreb at a seminar in Barcelona on 30 November 2012, sponsored by the Barcelona Center for International Affairs. The two-day event focused on economic governance of natural resources in the Middle East.