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An Interactive 5-Day Training Course

Effective Government Relations for the Oil & Gas Sector

Influencing People and Policy

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08 Nov - 12 Nov 2021



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Course Introduction

This Oxford Management Centre training course will provide participants with a thorough understanding of the government relations function within the oil and gas sector.  Participants will gain an understanding of the business value that a strategic approach to government relations can deliver at all stages of the oil and gas investment cycle: exploration and production, transportation, trading, processing, and distribution. 

The training course will provide insight into the role government relations plays in winning new business, building and reinforcing a strong reputation, supporting operations, managing change, and resolving disputes.

This course will highlight:

  • Political risk analysis and mitigation
  • License to operate
  • Stakeholder mapping
  • New country entry
  • Advocacy and lobbying


By the end of this training course, participants will learn:

  • In-depth knowledge of how to use a strategic approach to government relations to create value for your business
  • In-depth insight into how to analyse and mitigate political risks facing your business
  • The ability to develop and implement a fit for purpose government relations strategy to support your business needs
  • Knowledge of a wide range of tools and tactics to use to improve your ability to manage relations with government in a wide variety of situations
  • Insight into how to create synergies between the government relations function and other functions such as Project Management, Operations, Finance, Legal and Public Relations

Training Methodology

This course will utilize a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. The daily workshops will be highly interactive and participative. The training course will be based on interactive exercises and case studies drawn from a wide range of countries and situations.  One day of the course will be dedicated to a practical business game based on a realistic scenario.

Organisational Impact

  • Enhance awareness of best practice in government relations
  • Improve the ability to analyse and mitigate political risk
  • Improve the organization’s capability for designing and implementing effective government relations strategies
  • Improve the organisation’s capability to map and understand its stakeholders
  • Improve ability to advocate for win-win solutions

Personal Impact

  • Enhance capability of the trainee to use a wide range of government relations tools and strategies
  • Increase knowledge of global trends in government relations
  • Increase the knowledge of different approaches to analyzing and mitigating political risk
  • Increase the skill to implement government relations strategies
  • Enhance the capabilities of attendees to build and maintain a license to operate

Who should attend?

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals who are interested in learning about government relations for the oil and gas sector: 

  • Government relations managers
  • Political risk analysts
  • Corporate affairs managers
  • External relations managers
  • Corporate social responsibility managers
  • Public relations professionals
  • Country managers
  • Asset managers
  • Project managers
  • Operations managers
  • New venture managers
  • Business development managers
  • Finance and tax professionals
  • Lawyers
  • Risk managers

Course outline


Introduction to Effective Government Relations

What is effective Government Relations?

  • The Business Case for Government Relations
  • Discussion: How important is government to your business?


Ethics and Principles

  • How to conduct Government Relations with integrity?
  • Legal Aspects
  • Reputation Risk
  • Trends


Political Risk Analysis and Mitigation

  • Introduction to Political Risk
  • Stakeholders: Agendas and Drivers
  • Political Risk Analysis Tools
  • Global Issues and Trends
  • Strategies for Mitigating Political Risk


Effective Applications of Government Relations

New Opportunities

  • New Country Entry
  • Expanding Existing Operations
  • Mergers and Acquisition


Build and Strengthen Reputation

  • Stakeholder Mapping
  • The License to Operate: Sustainable Relations with Governments and Communities
  • Gaining and Maintaining a License to Operate


Managing Change

  • Advocacy and Lobbying
  • Understanding Government Stakeholder Agendas and Drivers
  • Building a Case for Change


Resolving Disputes

  • Business Diplomacy
  • Resolving Disputes with Government, Local Communities, and other Stakeholders
  • Conducting Due Diligence
  • Creating Win-Win Solutions


The Government Relations Toolbox

Strategies and Plans

  • Elements of a Government Relations Strategy
  • Implementation
  • Monitoring Results and Assessing Performance


Tools and Tactics

  • High Level Engagement
  • Engaging in the Policy Debate
  • Joining Forces with Others
  • When Things Go Wrong


Synergy with other Functions

  • Tax- Role of Media including Social Media
  • Role of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Public Relations



  • Where does Government Relations fit in the company’s organisation chart?
  • What does a fit-for-purpose Government Relations department look like?
  • Skills and Experience of Government Relations Managers


The Government Relations Business Game

This day will allow attendees to bring their Government Relations expertise to bear on a realistic scenario.  Attendees will have the opportunity to put into practice a range of Government Relations strategies and tools.  They will be able to experience the impact of these in a fictional but realistic scenario.

Session 1

  • Introducing the Scenario
  • Risk Analysis
  • Stakeholder Mapping
  • Government Relations Strategy

Session 2

  • Building the License to Operate
  • Implementing the Strategy
  • Managing Expectations
  • Alignment with the Government
  • First Signs of Trouble

Session 3

  • Political Instability
  • Strikes and Protests
  • New Opportunities
  • New Partnerships

Session 4

  • Defending the License to Operate
  • Long Term Outlook
  • Divestment or Staying-on?
  • Lessons Learned and Conclusions

Concluding Discussion

  • What does excellence in Government Relations look like?
  • Q&A


OXFORD Certificate will be provided to delegates who successfully completed the training course


All Training Seminars delivered by Oxford Management by default are eligible for CPE Credit.

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