July 23, 2014, Manila, Philippines - To achieve greater transparency and accountability in the mining industry, Bantay Kita (BK) is calling for full participation by all large scale mining, oil, gas and coal mining in the Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI).
Transparency campaigners in Niger have been arrested shortly before the French president's visit to Niamey.
Update - All arrested activists were freed on Friday evening, but they will be summoned by a judge this week. We remain vigilant.
Update 21/7 - All arrested activists were freed on Friday evening,but will be summoned by a judge this week. PWYP remains vigilant.
The Federal Council today (25 June 2014) announced its wish to close the Swiss gaps in transparency for the global commodity industry. But the entire commodities trading business may well be excluded from any future regulation. In other words, the current proposal for regulation may just be window dressing.
International EITI Board meeting, was held at Mexico, on 1st July and 2nd July 2014, which accepted Myanmar as EITI candidate country.
It may have been slightly contrived, full of puns and spurious associations but our world cup blog tournament was a great success (and for those of us whose tournament ended before it began, a welcome relief). We posted 15 blogs from 14 countries over the two weeks – from Algeria to Honduras. The winning piece, with the most likes, was David Garcia and Jana Morgan from PWYP USA with their article on how the USA could yet regain their status as transparency champions! A huge thank you to every-one who participated!
Celeste Hicks is a freelance journalist and former BBC correspondent in Chad writing a book about the oil industry in Africa and how to break the resource curse. Published by Zed Books, it should go to press later in the year. Here she writes about her visit to Ghana.
We left off Djilali Hadjadj’s analysis on Algeria by taking a look at the country’s civil society movements. Here he gives us a quick overview of some of them and explores how Algeria can try to improve its oil governance.