The PWYP Blog gathers together information, updates and ideas about the role of transparency in the extractive industries in creating economic growth and fighting poverty and corruption. On this lively blog, contributors from the PWYP coalition and guest bloggers share their thoughts and opinions, which are open to comment from anybody.

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Reap What You Sow: Greed and Corruption in Zimbabwe’s Marange Diamond Fields

November 21, 2021 - 11:59

On November 12th Partnership Africa Canada (PAC), the hosting organization of Publish What You Pay Canada, launched its latest report Reap What You Sow: Greed and Corruption in Zimbabwe’s Marange Diamond Fields. The report focusses on growing concerns about a lack of revenue transparency in the lucrative diamond fields of Eastern Zimbabwe.

Towards transparency in Tajikistan

November 21, 2021 - 09:13

Bordering Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and China, and one of the poorest ‘stani’s’, Tajikistan has the world’s tallest flagpole rising 165 meters in the air which landed the country its only entry in the Guinness Book of World Records .  As of last week however Tajikistan has the honour of joining yet another global standard when the President re-affirmed its commitment to implement the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative during a conference held in Dushanbe on November 13 and 14.  It was interesting to note however that it was only in the second statement that the

Come on Europe, you’re almost there!

November 13, 2021 - 07:07

Our new advert launches across Europe

Today the Publish What You Pay coalition together with Friends of the Earth Europe launched a Europe-wide advert in the Financial Times calling on the European Union to seize a historic opportunity to pass European transparency laws for oil, gas, mining and logging companies.

The laws would ensure that citizens and investors are able to benefit from greater transparency in natural resource deals struck between companies and governments around the world.

Towards a fairer deal for Niger?

November 6, 2021 - 15:47

In a communiqué on 24 October 2021, the Niger government stated that it felt its partnership with French nuclear energy giant AREVA was unbalanced, with the country not getting a fair deal for its resources. Niamey justified its opinion by pointing out that only 5% of the country’s budget comes from uranium, despite Niger being the world’s third largest uranium producer.

Oil workers rights threatened in Kazakhstan

October 24, 2021 - 12:02

Max Bokayev from NGO Arlan in Kazkahstan has contributed this piece which discusses the violent clashes which took place between oil works and the authorities in late 2011. A recent Human Rights Watch report outlined how workers’ rights are being abused in the Kazakh oil industry. Workers have been prevented from redressing these abuses, as companies have issued mass dismissals of those participating in peaceful protests and authorities have broken up peaceful strikes, leading to clashes.

Clinton reiterates support for extractive transparency

October 22, 2021 - 14:05

While the oil industry seeks to undermine rule of law by suing the SEC over Dodd-Frank 1504, it’s nice to know that the US administration hasn’t changed their attitude towards the legislation. Speaking at a conference in D.C, Secretary of State Clinton reiterated her support of transparency in the extractive sector, mentioning the US’ leading role in this campaign as Dodd-Frank 1504 makes it ‘the first country in the world to require that our extractive industries companies disclose any payments they make to any government worldwide’.

Natural resources exploitation in Romania

October 11, 2021 - 11:18

Romanians are becoming aware of the fact that the exploitation of natural resources has an impact on their lives and that public property doesn’t mean the state’s property anymore.

Because of the communist regime people lost interest in what happens with the public domain and became obsessed of ownership and private property. Combined with the permissive legislation, this allowed the national agencies to exploit natural resources in complete opacity, without any questions asked.

Should Romania privatize its copper?

August 13, 2021 - 14:37

We’re holding an olympic blog series these couple of weeks focussing on gold, silver and copper mining in resource rich countries as well as on gold, silver and copper mining companies.

In celebration of Romania’s two bronzes, Andra Bucur from Soros Foundation Romania has blogged about the current debate in Romania surrounding the privatization of its copper.

The mismanagement of the national agencies exploiting natural resources and the losses registered by the state have led to privatization plans, under the Romania-IMF agreement.