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Madam Chair of the EITI International Board
Dear Clare Short,
We received your letter in which you shared your views on Ethiopia’s candidacy to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. This letter gave rise to several concerns that we outline below.
1. Our role on the International Board.
“People cannot find answers to their questions, including why their well-being is so poor when god has given so much resource wealth to this country.” (Mikhail Petrushkov, PWYP member in Tajikistan)
It is home to the world’s tallest flagpole, has a capital named after a day of the week and – it’s been rumoured – is home place to the infamous, and abominable, snowman.
The global push for transparency just got bigger, as the Canadian government announced it would implement mandatory disclosure legislation by 1 April, 2015. These reporting standards would oblige extractive companies listed in Canada to publish payments above C$100,000 on a project-by-project basis. These rules are in harmony with transparency legislation adopted in the EU, US and Norway.
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.
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Iraqi women play a crucial role in promoting the good governance of their natural resources. Perhaps naturally so, after all, can governance genuinely be good if half of the population is excluded? Yet they face many challenges in their work. Here, Ibtisam Al Shammary, a lawyer and member of PWYP’s affiliated coalition in Iraq, tells us about her experiences as a member of the EITI multi-stakeholder council.
The latest Iraq EITI report (published December 2013 covering data from 2011) included lots of crucial information about the extractive sector in the country that had hitherto never been published. However, the report also highlighted a worrying trend: that the Kurdish Regional Government was reluctant to share data on oil extraction in its region. Here, our MENA regional coordinator and the head of the coalition in Iraq explore the EITI report and what it revealed about Iraq’s extractive sector.
What role can transparency play so that Iraqi citizens can benefit from their natural resources? How will improving the knowledge Iraqi citizens have of their extractive sector promote good governance? Can Iraq learn from the examples of other countries?
In this Q & A, we asked Iraqi scholar and petroleum consultant Ahmed Mousa Jiyad for his thoughts on the way forward for transparency and accountability in Iraq.
Three years ago, Iraq joined the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative. In implementing this standard, the Iraqi government must publish all the payments it receives from oil companies. The oil companies operating in Iraq must in their turn publish the payments they make. These figures are reconciled in reports and offer to the Iraqi public, for the very first time, concrete data about what they get for their natural resources.
The artistic community in Niger has joined the civil society-led campaign to urge the Nigerien government and nuclear group AREVA to reach a new agreement that takes Niger’s interests into account.
The official announcement was made on 6 February 2014 at a meeting organised by ROTAB (PWYP-Niger) and other civil-society organisations on Place de la Concertation in front of Niger’s parliament building.