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Some of the major development issues in the oil and gas producing communities include socioeconomic, human rights, financial, political, and environmental challenges. While there is a growing demand for energy consumption in the world, about one-third of the world’s population, mostly in developing countries, has no access to modern forms of energy. Do the oil corporations play any positive role in transforming the oil/gas producing communities into sustainable development with quality education, gainful employment, opportunity to start businesses, and improving the quality of life? Unfortunately, the socioeconomic needs of the oil/gas producing communities may be far too large than the corporate social responsibilities the oil/gas companies can address.

The principal goal of this course is to acquaint participants with a thorough understanding of the development issues involved in the oil and gas industry and what sustainable solutions are available to resolve some of the problems. The purpose of the course is also to enhance, empower, and strengthen participants’ skills to manage local resources and to perform effectively and efficiently their official duties.

Course Learning Objectives:
The objective of this course is to show the participants that the issue of sustainable development can no longer remain a low priority in the oil/gas producing communities and the oil/gas companies that work in those communities. Participants will be guided through the various issues involved, introducing them to some of the well-defined strategies for conflict resolutions, project development and management through case studies and the lessons learned.

Course Content
The course is delivered in a workshop setting facilitated by seasoned professional facilitators with practical experience. One session will be devoted to site visits to relevant institutions.
The course has some of the following key areas of learning:

  • Overview of development management: conceptual framework, definitions, context, issues, and challenges
  • Basic overview of the development issues in the gas/oil communities
  • Global structure and trends in oil/gas production
  • Challenges facing oil/gas communities
  • Challenges facing oil/gas companies
  • Environmental and natural resources management
  • Nature of conflict
  • Causes of conflict
  • Crisis management and conflict resolution strategies
  • The negotiation process
  • Business ethics and corporate responsibility
  • Making development sustainable
  • Local economic development strategies
  • Protect the environment
  • Invest in healthcare
  • Invest in infrastructure
  • Foster good governance
  • Local economic development strategies
  • Transparency and corporate governance
  • Case studies and exercises
  • Group projects and problem-solving exercises
  • Computer training with a brand new laptop computer to take home
  • Field trips

Learning Outcome:
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Have a deeper understanding of development issues involved the oil/gas producing communities in the developing economy.
  • Be able to analyze some of the causes of conflicts in the oil/gas producing communities.
  • Develop project development and implementation strategies for sustainable development.

Learning Methodology:
The course is delivered in a workshop setting facilitated by seasoned professional facilitators with practical experience. Active participation is required and key to the success of the workshops. Other teaching methods used in this course may include classroom lectures, practical demonstrations, case studies, problem-solving exercises, worksheets, research group works, presentations, and video shows. No tests or examinations will be taken by participants in this course but assessment of student’s performance will be measured through effective and quality class participation, group presentations, group projects, and class attendance. This course combines presentations, lectures, class discussions, group presentation, and problem-solving exercises.

Who should attend?
This course is strongly recommended for the officials in the oil, gas, and mining sector;local government officials from oil and gas producing communities, civil servants working in the Ministry of Energy and Commerce, non-profit and NGO officials, policy makers, risk management officials, consultants, human resource managers, and individuals whose jobs involve maintaining peace and working in the oil and gas sector.

Course Duration:
2 weeks

Training Locations and Scheduled Dates
New York, USA: Oct 17-28
Washington, DC, USA:  Jun 1-12;
Phoenix, Arizona, USA:
London, United Kingdom: Jun 1-2;
Toronto, Canada:  Jun 15-26;
Lagos, Nigeria;

Course Fees
The course fee is $5,500 for 2 weeks.The course fee covers the following: instruction, course materials, one brand new laptop computer to take home, administration expenses, field trips, cultural programs and miscellaneous program-related expenses.

How to Register
To participate in this course, the applicant must:

  1. Send a completed application form
  2. Have a bachelor’s degree/or have relevant work experience at senior management level
  3. Be nominated by the head of his/her department
  4. Be a senior member of the organization
  5. Demonstrate a devoted interest in the course
  6. Have a proof of English proficiency
  7. Demonstrate proof of financial sponsorship for the course

Hetta International Development Center

295 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor

New York, NY 10017

Ph. 212 379 8348

E-mail: hetta2002@hettaseminars.com


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