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“Stealth Oil Agreements” in Azerbaijan

June 2, 2022 - 10:35

Fidan Bagirova

In recent weeks the Azerbaijani public has witnessed the start of a “new stage” of contract signing in the country. The previous tradition of a relatively open contract process has been replaced with a “new” process. Azerbaijani civil society had become accustomed to learning about signed Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs) right at the start of the process and was generally informed of when contract signing ceremonies would take place. However, recently two PSAs have been signed behind closed doors and the public only got wind of these deals 4 months later when the contracts were submitted to Parliament for ratification.

Obiageli Ezekwesili: EITI at the Crossroads

May 18, 2022 - 10:11

Anthony Richter

Obiageli Ezekwesili is one of Africa’s great women. Vice President for Africa of the World Bank and formerly Nigeria’s Minister for Solid Minerals Development and Chairperson of Nigeria’s EITI , she is a strong-willed visionary who played a crucial role in the establishment of EITI when she represented Nigeria on the International Advisory Group and continues to support it from within the Bank.

So when she appeared somewhat unexpectedly at the EITI board it was a true pleasure. What she had to say was aimed to provoke thought in this select audience. As she addressed the national coordinators from some 25 EITI candidate countries she asked “What comes after validation?”read more.

The White House is with Us

May 15, 2022 - 10:24

Anthony Richter

It was a long day of not the most scintillating stuff, board and committee legalism and the like, but it finished on a high note. At the World Bank’s EITI reception Obama adviser Michael Froman stopped by to offer remarks. Froman is, of course, deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs, serving jointly at the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. He was seen hovering over the presidential shoulder at the London G20 Summit among his important roles. So his coming by to welcome EITI was a big deal…read more.

Down the tubes: Following Pipeline Revenues

May 14, 2022 - 09:45

Anthony Richter

A quick post on transit revenues, before the EITI board meeting starts: Revenue Watch and EITI are jointly hosting a workshop today on how and whether we include transit fees for piping or shipping hydrocarbon resources in the framework of EITI, which has quickly become the global standard for extractive revenue disclosure….read more.

EITI 'week' in Washington DC

May 12, 2022 - 17:08

Anthony Richter

It’s that time again. EITI “week” in Washington, DC. Well, it’s been a while since I posted but I wanted my loyal readership ;) to know what I have been up to since Doha. In March I spent a few days in Europe and took the opportunity to meet some of the new board members of the EITIread more.

A letter to President Obama

April 24, 2022 - 21:24

Sarah Pray

Today members of Publish What You Pay US delivered a letter to the new President of the United States, Barack Obama. Our letter was signed by Directors and Presidents of numerous U.S.-based human rights, development, faith-based, and environmental groups who make up our Publish What You Pay national coalition.

Newsletters from EITI and RWI

April 22, 2022 - 14:30

Both the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Revenue Watch Institute have recently published newsletters.

The RWI newsletter looks at the EITI Global Conference, new RWI reports on Liberian concessions and EITI for legislators, five RWI recommendations for resource-rich nations in times of crisis, and an RWI conference on efficient public spending in Central Asia. The EITI newsletter contains news about new countries joining the EITI, updates from implementing countries and a report from the EITI Global Conference in Doha.

Happy reading!

West African Civil Society salutes the adoption of the ECOWAS mining directive

April 22, 2022 - 12:07

On 17 April, ECOWAS Ministers of Mines and Industries met in Abuja to adopt the Draft ECOWAS Mining Directive after a two-day meeting of experts from Member States.