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Republic of Congo— Oil Revenue Certification— Process and Summary Results (2003 to Sept. 2004). Anton Op de Beke International Monetary Fund/PDR February 3, 2005. The Oil Revenu Certification Process. How it works: Contracted and financed by government

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Republic of Congo—Oil Revenue Certification—Process and Summary Results (2003 to Sept. 2004)

Anton Op de Beke

International Monetary Fund/PDR

February 3, 2005

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The Oil Revenu Certification Process

How it works:

  • Contracted and financed by government

  • Carried out by international accounting firm

  • Not an audit but review process; “agreed upon procedures”

  • Published on Ministry of Finance website (

  • Done quarterly; completed by end of following quarter; accruals

  • Tracks income from each permit/field separately

  • Tracks payments in oil under production sharing contract

  • Monitors SNPC compliance with reporting requirements

  • Covers only recurrent revenue (royalty, profit oil, excess oil)

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Certification--Step Towards EITI

In common with EITI:

  • Publication of oil revenue information

    More than EITI:

  • Quarterly reports

  • Assesses collection process (from payments to receipts)

    Less than EITI:

  • Omits important benefit streams

    * national oil company (SNPC) equity oil (15% shares)

    * bonuses, income from legal actions or privatizations

    * contractual payments (training, verification)

  • No civil society participation

  • Receipts not compared with company payments

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Exercise in Reconciliation and Verification

Reconciled or verified

- Production (companies, terminals, Veritas)

  • Fiscal parameters of oil contracts (against contracts; sampled)

  • Fiscal oil payments (companies, terminals)

  • Government shipments and stocks (terminals, SNPC)

  • Reference prices (companies, price setting meeting)

  • Payments (SNPC, companies, bank accounts, projects)

  • Based on company declarations of production and sharing

  • Based on SNPC info for sales results

    Not reconciled or verified

    - Complete contracts (only on sample basis)

    - Treasury bank accounts

    - SNPC information on prices, borrowing, and fees and commissions

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Ways to Follow up Certification

Extend certification process:

  • Verify SNPC information

  • Achieve EITI coverage (include non-recurrent revenue, equity oil)

  • Compare government and company statements

    Improve revenue tax administration:

    - Reconcile certification results with fiscal data (TOFE)

  • Clarify and/or correct past discrepancies, and prevent future discrepancies

  • Make certifications redundant with government audits

    Exercise control over marketing process:

  • Obtain better prices and reduce marketing costs

  • Reduce cost of financing