PWYP (Publish What You Pay) Indonesia supported by RWI (Revenue Watch Institute) held a Public Discussion entitled “Looking for Institutional Models for the Upstream Oil and Gas Sector in the Revision of the Oil and Gas Law” on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel, Jakarta.

This event is motivated by the problem of unfinished institutional problems in the upstream oil and gas sector. The institutional arrangements for the oil and gas industry in Indonesia – especially in the upstream sector, have several changes. Previously, the upstream oil and gas sector had been overseen by Pertamina, which was then replaced by BPMigas through Law Number 22 of 2001 on Oil and Gas. The last, through a decision on the request for judicial review of the Oil and Gas Law against the 1945 Constitution of the republic of Indonesia, the Constitutional Court (MK) declared that BPMigas was unconstitutional so it ordered its replacement. Until now, the temporary institutional support function of the upstream sector is carried out by SKK Migas, through Presidential Regulation Number 9 of 2013, where the SKK Migas is under the coordination of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources until new regulations are formed regarding this, as the ruling of the constitutional court. One of the agendas for changing the upstream oil and gas sector is carried out through the revision of the oil and gas law which is currently underway in the DPR.

The speakers who attended and discussed the institutional problems in the upstream oil and gas sector were Mr. Sampe R Purba (SKK Migas), Mr. Patrick Heller, Economist & Law at (Revenue Watch Institute), Mr. Marwan Batubara (IRESS Director) and Mr. Benny Lubiantara (Former Petroleum Fiscal Analyst OPEC). This public discussion was also attended by members of the Indonesian PWYP network, academics, NGOs, oil and gas company representatives, oil and gas company association representatives, students, media and so on.

The results and recommendations from the public discussion by PWYP Indonesia will be compiled as material to compile input for the Indonesian Parliament which is currently preparing a revision of the Oil and Gas Law.

Material and resource presentations can be downloaded via the following links: