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Local Content Requirements in the Oil and Gas Sector
Aluisio de Lima-CamposChairman, ABCI Institute;Adjunct Professor, American University Washington College of LawVienna, September 30, 2013
General aspects of LCRsThe Norwegian and Brazilian ModelsRelevant WTO disputes and provisionsLessons learned and final remarks
National LCR policies in effectfor the oil and gas sector
Source: ADO, Rabiu. Local content policy and the wto rules of traderelated investment measures (trims): the pros and Cons.International Journal of Business and Management Studies.Aberdeen: Vol.2(1), 2013, p.137-146.
Desired Goals and arguments in favor of LCRs
macroeconomic and short-term:strengthening demand directed to the domestic market and employment expansion;more specific focus and long-term perspective:(i) diversification of the industrial sector; (ii) development of technology-intensive sectors and high growth potential; (iii) build relevant segments to enhance national security
Arguments against LCRs
The policy inhibits benefited sectors from becoming more competitivevisavisforeign suppliers;The consequent trend is then reduction of investment in R&D and innovation;Costs associated with the acquisition of inputs increase; andResulting disincentive to further investments by foreign investors in the country.
The Norwegian Model
Norwegian Model (oil & gas)Focused in the production chain not in the sector;The Norwegian government could add local companies in the operators’ list of suppliers;The more the operators contracted with Norwegian suppliers the greater their chances in subsequent biddings.
The Brazilian Model
Focused in the O&G sector;LCR set by Government (ANP) in concession bidding notice;LCR based on percentage of local inputs;Requirement of certification of LC and audit of reports;No sunset provisions
Brazil’s Regulatory Framework
The Brazilian Local Content Requirement (LCR) policy evolution for Oil and Gas
Source: GUIMARÃES, Eduardo Augusto. Confederação Nacional da Indústria. Política de conteúdo local na cadeia do petróleo e gás: uma visão sobre a evolução do instrumento e a percepção das empresas investidoras e produtoras de bens / Confederação Nacional da Indústria – Brasília : CNI, 2012.
The Pre-Salt first Bidding
Libra Oilfield – Santos Basin (11 companies bidding)May compete consortia composed of up to five companies with a R$ 610 million minimum investment;The winner will be established based on the best return for the Brazilian government, with a price established at between US$100-120 p/barrel;Petrobras is the operator, with a minimum share of 30%, and can also participate in a bidding consortium;A signing bonus of R$15 billion must be paid to the Brazilian government.
The Pre-Salt first Bidding
For the exploration phase, the minimum LC is 37%.For the development phase, the corresponding figure is 55% for the first oil produced until 2021 and 59% thereafter.
Policy Objectives can be Undermined
Lack of incentives to and lack of firm commitment by local industry to become competitiveOpen-ended protection of local industry;No planned gradual reduction of LCRs overtime;No clear goals;High administrative costs.
WTO disputes on LCR
DS412 - Canada — Certain Measures Affecting the Renewable Energy Generation SectorJapan alleged that Canada’s use of LCR was not in accordance with GATT and TRIMS agreements.Canada argued that its program was consistent withArt III:8(a) of GATTbecause the LCRs have environmental objectives and were not for profit.The WTO AB agreed with Japan (May 6, 2013).
WTO Disputes on LCR
DS456 - India — Certain Measures Relating to Solar Cells and Solar Modules (Complainant: United States)The U.S. (Feb. 6, 2013) started a DS case against India related to LCR under theJawaharialNehru National Solar Mission (“NSM”) for solar cells and solar modules claiming that the program is inconsistent with GATT and TRIMS agreements;No decisions issued yet.
WTO Provisions that may applyto LCRs
Art III:4 GATT:National Treatment PrincipleThe products of the territory of any contracting party imported into the territory of any other contracting party shall be accorded treatment no less favorable than that accorded to like products of national origin in respect of all laws, regulations and requirements affecting their internal sale, offering for sale, purchase, transportation, distribution or use. The provisions of this paragraph shall not prevent the application of differential internal transportation charges which are based exclusively on the economic operation of the means of transport and not on the nationality of the product.
WTO Provisions that may applyto LCRs
Art III:5 GATT:No contracting party shall establish or maintain any internal quantitative regulation relating to the mixture, processing or use of products in specified amounts or proportions which requires, directly or indirectly, that any specified amount or proportion of any product which is the subject of the regulation must be supplied from domestic sources. Moreover, no contracting party shall otherwise apply internal quantitative regulations in a manner contrary to the principles set forth in paragraph 1.
WTO Provisions that may applyto LCRs
Art. III:8 GATT(a)      The provisions of this Article shall not apply to laws, regulations or requirements governing the procurement by governmental agencies of products purchased for governmental purposes and not with a view to commercial resale or with a view to use in the production of goods for commercial sale.(b)      The provisions of this Article shall not prevent the payment of subsidies exclusively to domestic producers, including payments to domestic producers derived from the proceeds of internal taxes or charges applied consistently with the provisions of this Article and subsidies effected through governmental purchases of domestic products.
WTO Provisions that may applyto LCRs
SCM Agreement,Art.1.1:1.1        For the purpose of this Agreement, a subsidy shall be deemed to exist if:(a)(1)         there is a financial contribution by a government or any public body within the territory of a Member (referred to in this Agreement as “government”), i.e. where:(i)         a government practice involves a direct transfer of funds (e.g. grants, loans,  and equity infusion), potential direct transfers of funds or liabilities (e.g. loan guarantees);(ii)        government revenue that is otherwise due is foregone or not collected (e.g. fiscal incentives such as tax credits);(iii)       a government provides goods or services other than general infrastructure, or purchases goods;(iv)       a government makes payments to a funding mechanism, or entrusts or directs a private body to carry out one or more of the type of functions illustrated in (i) to (iii) above which would normally be vested in the government and the practice, in no real sense, differs from practices normally followed by governments;
WTO Provisions that may applyto LCRs
SCM Agreement 3.1(b):3.1        Except as provided in the Agreement on Agriculture, the following subsidies, within the meaning of Article 1, shall be prohibited:(b)        subsidies contingent, whether solely or as one of several other conditions, upon the use of domestic over imported goods.
WTO Provisions that may applyto LCRs
Articles2.1 and 2.2 TRIMsAgreement;1.       Without prejudice to other rights and obligations under GATT 1994, no Member shall apply any TRIM that is inconsistent with the provisions of Article III or Article XI of GATT 1994.2.       An illustrative list of TRIMs that are inconsistent with the obligation of national treatment provided for in paragraph 4 of Article III of GATT 1994 and the obligation of general elimination of quantitative restrictions provided for in paragraph 1 of Article XI of GATT 1994 is contained in the Annex to this Agreement.
GPA Provisions
The Art.III: 3(b) of Government Procurement Agreement establishes that:With respect to all laws, regulations, procedures and practices regarding government procurement covered by this Agreement, each Party shall ensure:that its entities shall not discriminate against locally-established suppliers on the basis of the country of production of the good or service being supplied, provided that the country of production is a Party to the Agreement in accordance with the provisions of Article IV.
The Brazilian Case
Art. 177 of Brazil’s Constitution – According to this article, the Union has the monopoly of research, exploration and refinement of oil, natural gas and other fluid hydrocarbons. Therefore, the government is directly responsible for purchasing goods and contracting services for those activities, through government procurement;In accordance with the Art. 177§ 1º of the Brazilian Constitution:The Union may contract with state or private companies through tendering for services of research, development and exploration in accordance with specific law.
The Brazilian Case
The specific Law (Law No. 9.478 of 6 August 1997) in its Art. 5, allows the Brazilian Government to offer through tendering concessions in the sector of Oil and Gas. This is done by the Brazilian Government’s National Petroleum Agency. In other words, it is a government transaction involving government property and acquisition of services to explore and develop that property.GPA provisions would not apply, because Brazil is not a signatory.
Some lessons learned
LCRs are desirable when the social benefits associated with it are greater than the resulting losses from cost of production increases (focus on maximizing competitiveness, welfare, not LC);Works better in countries that have a stable macroeconomic environment;Not a sure cure against “Dutch Disease”, unless other policies are applied to deal with persistent distortions (currency overvaluation, relative interest rates);It should stimulate the production chain through incentives and not hinder it through market reserve policies (policy should include clear goals and a system of rewards and penalties for those goals);LCRs should be temporary and contain a phase-out mechanism, with set deadlines.
Final Remarks
LCR policies in the O&G sector can achieve economic and social objectives if adequately designed and implemented.Policy design should give due attention to and avoid international trade law violations.In the absence of DSB precedents, more WTO disputes on LCR policies are possible. Coverage of all instances of LCR, however, may require a specific multilateral understanding for the O&G sector.





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