Itoua to reorganise and move Ministry of Hydrocarbons
Since Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua took over the ministry in May 2021, he has had several major ambitions, from reorganising the department to constructing a new building for his team.
A new decree aimed at improving the regulation of gas flaring and venting practices has just been published in Congo. The country has long been slow to improve the regulation of this polluting practice, despite pressure from international donors.
Under pressure from international financial institutions, Congolese hydrocarbons minister Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua has begun reorganising his administration. This represents a logistical challenge for an ageing institution that is overpopulated with advisers, directors and attachés, but it should not cause a radical change in the balance of power in the sector, which is largely decided outside the ministry.
Under pressure from international donors, the Congolese president has signed a decree to crack down on conflicts of interest within his administration. Its implementation is likely to have repercussions for numerous advisers to the oil minister who have one foot in the private sector.