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بحضور أكثر من 65 شخصية نفذ معهد أكد الثقافي حلقتين نقاشيتين في محافظة البصرة للفترة من 12 و لغاية 14 ت1 الجاري تضمنت عرضاَ لمعيار مبادرة الشفافية للصناعات الإستخراجية لسنة 2013 ومناقشة بحثيين يتعلقان بتحليل موازنة العراق لسنة 2013 و تأثير تخصيصات البترودولار على التنمية في محافظة البصرة .
The campaign, which runs until early December, aims to turn Canadian Prime Minister Harper’s statement on mandatory disclosure from a pledge into a reality.
Speaking at the Open Government Partnership Summit in London last week, Prime Minister David Cameron announced the creation of a public registry that would show who really owns, and controls, companies.
The announcement comes on the back of Cameron’s pledge to introduce more transparency around beneficial ownership of companies, a pledge that was part of his effort to put ‘tax, trade and transparency’ at the heart of the UK’s presidency of the G8.
Agadez, la cité de l'Aïr, a abrité du 23 au 24 septembre derniers, un forum sur la thématique "femmes et industries extractives". La rencontre a été organisée par le Réseau des organisations sur la transparence et l'analyse budgétaire (Rotab) avec l'appui de l'ONG internationale Oxfam.
Last week I wrote about how Niger's government is seeking to renegotiate its contracts with nuclear giant AREVA, and get a better deal for its resources. Both civil society and the government deem that the current relationship between country and government is 'unbalanced' and has led to Niger losing out on potential revenue.
A couple of weeks ago, thousands of Nigerien citizens took to the streets in Arlit to protest against nuclear giant AREVA. According to one of the organisers, “The aim of the protest… is to support the government in its upcoming discussions with Areva on the subject of our uranium”. Protestors were also voicing their discontent at how the mining of uranium has affected their daily lives, without yielding many benefits.
A series of high-profile events to highlight the importance of transparency for development, innovation, equitable growth, and poverty reduction will begin tomorrow. The first ever Global Transparency Week (October 24 - November 1) is taking place at a time when public interest in government and corporate transparency has never been higher.
PWYP’s International Director Marinke van Riet spoke at the conference in Baku celebrating 10 years of EITI in Azerbaijan. Below is a blog adaptation of her speech.
In many ways, the role of civil society in the EITI is like a marriage.
Firstly, civil society provides legitimacy to the EITI. Without a husband or wife who enters into a consensual and voluntary arrangement there is no marriage. Without an engaged, independent and free civil society there is no EITI.