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World Bank – Extractive Industries Technical Advisory Facility (EI-TAF)

Negotiation Support General

Regional focus:

Global - although approximately 60 % of all grants have been to the African region.

Assistance criteria:

Governments seeking assistance are kindly requested to submit a formal letter of request to the World Bank country office, addressed to the country manager.  Activities to be supported under EI-TAF should be aimed at facilitating (directly or indirectly) a particular transaction  in the extractives industries.

Sector focus:

Extractive industries sector (oil, gas and mining).

Collaboration with partners:

Coordination is done at the EI-TAF donor level. At the country level there is no formal coordination mechanism but case-specific coordination amongst donors involved in a particular country is common but usually informal.

Types of expertise:

The EI-TAF relies largely on external advisors,  with in-house mining, oil and gas experts providing general supervision, management, and policy advice for each project.  In an effort to expedite the deployment of advisers, the World Bank has created a pre-screened and qualified consultant roster from which EI-TAF recipient countries can draw. This roster is now being used to provide governments with vetted long- or short-lists of consultants that fit the profile of the type of assistance sought.

The EITAF offers expertise in the following:

  • Legal: in-house expertise; in-country lawyers funded also by governments through recipient-executed grant funds.
  • Negotiations strategy: no in-house expertise – World Bank contracts staff as required (Bank-executed grants) and also funds governments to hire teams through recipient-executed grant funds.
  • Economists, financial analysis and financial modeling: In-house expertise and contracted staff.
  • Geologists: Three in-house staff and some contracted staff.
  • Environmental impact/ local population: Two in-house staff.
  • Social impact and human rights: Two in-house staff.
  • Good governance specialists: Two in-house staff.
  • Fiscal and tax management: Two in-house staff and contracted experts.

Number of in-house experts:

  • Two legal experts.
  • Fifteen technical experts.
  • Three financial/ economic experts.
  • Three environmental and social experts.

Length of involvement:

Average length of a project is one year.

Fee/non-fee based support:

Non-fee based support.

Speed of response:

Usually 3-6 months.

Practical constraints:

Recipient executed grants may be difficult for weak states, or inexperienced recipient ministries as they have to comply with the World Bank’s procurement guidelines.

The grant approval process takes time, which is a crucial element in every negotiation process; it takes about 3-6 months before governments can hire experts after issuing a grant request to EI-TAF.

World Bank-executed grants, which are faster to prepare, on the other hand, may not be used directly for contract negotiations or for the preparation of related laws and regulations, because of the liability and reputational risks for the Bank.

World Bank-executed grants can, however, be used for stages leading up to the negotiations, including studies, etc., after which other funding mechanisms such as the ALSF can provide the direct negotiation support.

Types of negotiation support

Setting the Legal & Policy Framework Stage:

Yes - EI-TAF can assist with policy formulation, legal reform and sector analyses. Additional experts are also hired to support governments in the policy design process. Preparation or review of of related laws and regulations should be recipient-executed.

Pre-Negotiation Stage:

No direct World Bank involvement. The Bank can provide some funding to governments to procure such services.

Contract Negotiation Stage:

No direct Bank involvement. The Bank can provide some funding to governments to hire experts that will provide the support.

Implementation & Monitoring Stage:

No direct Bank involvement. The Bank can provide some funding to governments for this.

Advancing Knowledge-Sharing and Management:

No direct World Bank involvement. The Bank can provide some funding to governments for this.

Provider Type:

Support Providers