Malawi Holds First Multi-Stakeholder EITI Meeting

Source: Citizens For Justice, Friends of the Earth Malawi
Date: 24 Nov 2021

Malawi held its first EITI multi-stakeholder conference for two days from 21st-22nd of November. The conference is the first of its kind for the southern African state to forge ahead in committing to implement the EITI in the country. Malawi is undergoing a resource boom with the World Bank projecting that the mining industry would contribute up $500 million in revenue in the next short to medium term. The World Bank’s study on Malawi’s mineral sector review was conducted last year.

The meeting was attended by the Diplomatic community, NGOs, senior government officials from the Ministry of Finance, Department of Mines, Ministry of Trade and the Malawi Revenue Authority. The mining industry was poorly represented and the big mining companies more especial Paladin Energy from Australia did not show-up at the meeting and they argued that they could not attend at a short notice.

The conference was funded by the African Development Bank, GTZ, and the Norwegian Embassy and the German Ambassador to Malawi said that revenue transparency is very important in any country’s development agenda in his opening speech.

This first meeting came up with a steering group which has been tasked with TORs to advance the EITI agenda in Malawi and the group is comprised of three NGOs and four Government departments. The group has also been tasked to come up with another meeting in the next three-four month.

Reinford Mwangonde

Citizens for Justice-(CFJ) Friends of the Earth, Malawi