PWYP members in Central Asia lay out their views on the future of EITI

Source: PWYP Central Asia
Date: 21 Aug 2021

We, the undersigned members of the Eurasian regional consultation in Almaty, have considered the proposals on the development of EITI, discussed in the Strategic Working Group, and hereby declare our support of the proposals.

We consider that the details of the EITI report with regard to 1) information about payments by companies in disaggregated form; 2) information about payments presented by region (in those countries where payments by companies are both national and local 3) information about projects and the 4) inclusion of social payments in the accounts, enables civil society representatives and independent experts from our countries to carry out more thorough analysis of profits and payments, the current situation of natural reserves (deposits) and the activities of companies (local and foreign) to extract these reserves.

We are absolutely convinced that the opening of contracts should be a mandatory requirement of EITI. Without this, civil society lacks the opportunity to monitor the volume of payments by companies and the veracity of government information on the revenues from the mining industry.

We consider it important to also include in the annual country accounts for EITI the following: 1) surveys of the mining industry, 2) information on licenses (who received a license in the period concerned and what tenders were received), 3) sales data for natural resources (information on tenders, profits from company activities, prices, buyers), profits from company activities (local and foreign).

We also consider it important to introduce a rating system to evaluate the level (quality) of the implementation of EITI in countries participating in the initiative. This serves to motivate governments of countries that have implemented EITI to expand the minimal framework for the initiative in their countries.

We are convinced that the presentation of all data in open electronic format, ready for analysis, allows civil society and specialists to carry out more effective monitoring of public finances.

These recommendations reduce the risk of corruption in the extractive industries and increase the efficiency of the use of natural riches to solve problems of economic and social development in our countries.

We call on the working group to continue their efforts to quickly formulate recommendations for the International Governance of EITI and Global Conference on EITI in 2013.

We expect governments of countries that have implemented EITI, companies taking part in this initiative to pay careful attention to the recommendations on the further development of EITI and to support them.