Point of View: More change in prospect for reorganized Sonatrach

09/16/2002
Chakib Khelil, Algeria's minister of energy and mining resources, is managing an overhaul of the state-owned oil and gas company and expecting further change.Proposed legislation would fulfill a goal only partly achieved by a reorganization of Sonatrach that began last December. The goal, Khelil explains, is "to separate the role of the state from the role of Sona- trach as a commercial enterprise."The minister, who also serves as Sona- trach's president, acknowledges that until the law is in place, the company's role might confuse outsiders."Sonatrach is awarding contracts and at the same time seeks partnerships with those companies to which it awards the contracts," he says....
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