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On March 19, the United States joined a group of more than 40 countries committed to improving natural resources transparency when the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) international board approved the U.S. candidacy application. The application was a collaboration over one year in the making, among the civil society, government, and industry sectors.
With proven reserves worth $52 billion, Kumtor is one of the biggest gold mines in Central Asia, contributing 10% to the nation’s GDP. This great national treasure should be seen as a blessing to the Kyrgyz nation,so how did it become a curse?
It is the country with the most languages in the world, one of the highest numbers of different ethnic groups and also home to the world’s only poisonous bird. Papua New Guinea is rich in culture, rich in biodiversity and also happens to be very rich in natural resources.
Robert Tumwesigye Baganda is the Executive Director of Pro-biodiversity Conservationists in Uganda, a member organisation of PWYP Uganda.
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a multi-stakeholder project of governments, companies and civil society working together to improve openness and accountable management of revenues from natural resources.
Like many African countries, Guinea has embarked on a reform of its mining legislation, not only to bring it in line with good governance practices in the sector but also to take better advantage of its natural resources. The country developed a new mining code in 2011, which was amended in 2013.
In January, PWYP gained a new national coalition in Ukraine. We haven’t publicised it, because we were wary of brandishing our news while the country was going through tumultuous times, but now feel that we shouldn’t wait longer before announcing it. Therefore, we are thrilled to welcome the “Energotransparency” Association, made up of ten organisations working on transparency and accountability in the extractives, as our affiliated coalition in Ukraine.
This article about compensation policy for land taken away by the extractive sector was written by Rukiya Makuma, who works for Global Rights Alert in Uganda. Global Rights Alert is the coordinating NGO for Publish What You Pay Uganda.
Only a compensation policy will solve irregular compensations