Last week, the UK was accepted as a candidate country to EITI – in 18 months, British citizens should have a report that details how much money the government received from the extractive sector and how much companies paid. It’s a shame that the EITI wasn’t born in the 1970s before the oil revenues started flooding in, but maybe it’s a case of better late than never.
The issue of Azerbaijan was high on the agenda of last week’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) International Board meeting in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, as the government’s repressions place the country’s EITI status in doubt. The civil society constituency on the EITI board was united in calling for Azerbaijan’s suspension from the initiative, as the country no longer abides by one of EITI’s key principles to ensure a free and effective participation by civil society. This was assessed during a recent fact-finding mission.
The civil society organizations engage constructively on EITI implementation process for the benefits of the future of our country and the people from natural resourcesindustries. However, we have been facing many obstacles, restrictions and challenges. The civil society organizations from different regions and states have come together to review and discuss strategy to overcome the challenges during 3 days from 11 – 13 October2014 in Yangon. In doing so, the following common concerns are mentioned:
International Board of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) agreed to give Indonesia full member status or compliant country of the EITI. This decision is designated in the 28th International Board Meeting of EITI on Wednesday, October 15 2014 in Naypitaw, Myanmar.
On 22-24 September 2014 representatives from civil society and donor organisations from Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and private foundation from Kazakhstan gathered in Istanbul, Turkey for the 10th Eurasia regional meeting.
Civil society welcomes UK candidacy for Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
LONDON – UK members of the global Publish What You Pay coalition welcomed today’s decision by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) to admit the UK as a candidate country. The EITI accepted the UK’s application to join the initiative at its international board meeting in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
Publish What You Pay Zimbabwe participated in the 3rd Zimbabwe Alternative Mining Indaba held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from 24-25 September 2014. The Zimbabwe Alternative Mining Indaba (ZAMI), hosted by the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association, was held under the theme ‘Communities Aloud! Fighting Corruption to Promote Transparency and Accountability’.
From the Albertine basin in Uganda to Mozambique’s gas windfall, countries in East & Southern Africa have been experiencing a flurry of extractive discoveries. Malawi hasn’t been left out, with an oil discovery under Lake Malawi and not insignificant deposits of uranium. With the majority of Malawi’s citizens living below the poverty line, discoveries such as these could be transformational for the country.
On September 22, Publish What You Pay – United States celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a reception on Capitol Hill. In attendance were members and friends of the PWYP-US coalition, Congressional staff, and allies in the United States government. Former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, a longtime champion of transparency and co-author of the amendment that ultimately became Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, delivered keynote remarks.