Contracts & licenses

Historic opportunity for Niger to get a fair deal for its resources must be seized, urges PWYP Niger and PWYP International

For the first time in its history, Niger has the chance to get a fair deal for its uranium.

A few weeks ago, the Niger government and French nuclear giant AREVA started negotiations to renew the contract over uranium extraction. For decades AREVA has enjoyed a partnership which enables it to generate billions while the citizens of Niger are not given a fair deal for their resources.

The Woodcutters - a fight for justice and transparency in Niger (a video)

From presidential coups to new constitutions, our second documentary on Niger offers a quick snapshot of the political environment Publish What You Pay activists have faced over the past few years. It focusses on how the debate over natural resources has evolved, the treatment of Publish What You Pay activists under President Tandja's autocratic regime and their role in establishing a new level of openness in the country -- notably enshrining natural resource transparency as a key principle in Niger's new constitution.

The Maputo Declaration - Moving from Transparency to Accountability

Eastern and Southern Africa Meeting

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8 - 11 May. Maputo, Mozambique.

We, as coalition members of Publish What You Pay from 12 Eastern and Southern African countries, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, met under the auspices of Publish What You Pay (PWYP), on the theme of moving from transparency to accountability.

PWYP Coalition Spotlight: DR Congo

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Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo might be one of the world’s richest countries in natural resources, but its population ranks among the poorest with four out of five citizens living on less than 30 cents a day.

PWYP Welcomes Adoption of Transparency Act in Liberia

London: Publish What You Pay (PWYP)* welcomes the news that Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has signed a new transparency law which increases accountability over the management of the country’s natural resources.

Approved on 10 July 2009, the LEITI Act seeks to ensure that the benefits due to the government and people of Liberia from the exploitation of natural resources are “verifiably paid or provided; duly accounted for; and prudently utilized for the benefits of all Liberians….”

"Stealth" Oil Agreements Threaten Azerbaijan's Reputation and Policy Progress

For the first time in the history of modern Azerbaijan, the State Oil Company has signed two oil development deals “in the dark,” without public notice of its negotiations with the foreign companies involved, and without the traditional public contract signing ceremony.

The Azerbaijan NGO Coalition is alarmed by this backwards step in the country’s excellent tradition of oil contract transparency. This incident may demonstrate the beginning of a dangerous trend in the preparation and signing of extractive industry contracts.

PWYP campaigner receives prestigious environmental prize

London: Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Gabon Coordinator Marc Ona Essangui has won the prestigious international Goldman Environmental Prize, which is often awarded to individuals who take significant personal risks to protect the environment and local communities.

Kenya Mining Bill should be reviewed - letter from PWYP member

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MPs should shelve out the new Mining Bill for further stakeholders’ consultations

 

Hon. Amina Abdalla, M.P. - Chairperson

Environment and Natural Resources Committee

Parliament Building, Nairobi

 

19th May 2014

 

Dear Hon Amina,

 

Niger: French Uranium Miner Owes More to Niger, Activists Say

Dakar — Niger and the French uranium firm Areva remain locked in negotiations over how to divide revenues. Activists and non-governmental organizations have gotten involved and say Niger deserves a greater share of the profits.

The government of Niger is negotiating a new mining contract with the French state-owned mining company Areva. Activists say that for decades Areva has been operating in Niger without paying its fair share of taxes or revenue profits.

Negotiations NIGER - AREVA: Against the spirit of the African Mining Vision

JOINT COMMUNIQUE PUBLISH WHAT YOU PAY and ROTAB/PWYP Niger

The negotiations for the renewal of the mining agreements of AREVA’s subsidiaries SOMAIR (Société Minière de l’Aïr) and COMINAK (Compagnie Minière d’Akouta have reached an impasse because the Niger government and the world's nuclear giant do not agree on the fiscal and legal terms. The negotiations, which started three months ago, are for mining agreements which  expire on December 31, 2021 and have to be renewed for the next ten years.

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