Transparency for Western Europe - Western China transport corridor - working group established

Source: PA Blago
Date: 20 Nov 2021

 

Workshop 14th  - 16th November 2012

"Creating a network of expert councils of transparency and sustainable development in order to monitor the reconstruction of the transport corridor" Western Europe - Western China."

Kazakhstan joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in 2005 and set up a multi-stakeholder group to implement the initiative. The EITI aims to establish revenue transparency through the publication of reports outlining the payments made by companies to governments and the payments received by governments.

However, many NGOs involved in this process believe it is equally important to publish reports on the impact companies have on society and the environment. While the EITI is implemented at a national level, companies should also be held accountable at the local level where they operate. In order to manage this it is necessary to create similar multilateral authorities at the local level.

To address these challenges, 45 NGOs from nine regions of Kazakhstan established the Association "Azamattyk Kuryltay - Civil Assembly" in 2009 and started a project to create a network of transparency and sustainable development in the country.  Their activities are carried out in collaboration with the Government of Kazakhstan and with the support of various international organizations, such as the OSCE Centre in Astana, the World Bank, the Soros Foundation Kazakhstan and others. One of the activities includes monitoring the transport corridor "Western Europe - Western China ".

To this end, a multilateral authority was created: the National Expert Council of Transparency and Sustainable Development (ECTSD) and its working plan adopted. The OSCE Centre in Astana made a grant of 8,000 Euros for the implementation of the pilot phase of the Network ECTSD.

As part of this project, opinion polls were conducted in 55 villages of the three regions - Zhambyl, South Kazakhstan and Kyzylorda. Surveys were also carried out with workers from 23 construction companies. The results of this monitoring will be consolidated in the National Report of Transparency and Sustainable Development.

As part of this work, a Council of  Regional Expert on  Transparency and Sustainable Development has been envisaged. In connection with this the Ministry of Transport and Communications held a workshop in cooperation with the Association "Azamattyk Kuryltay - Civil Assembly". These events took place on 14th November 2012 in Taraz; 15th November 2012 in Shymkent; and 16th November 2012  in Kyzylorda, with over 150 stakeholders including government agencies, companies and NGOs taking part.

As a result of the workshops it was decided that the network would implement the following steps towards the creation of the regional expert councils of transparency and sustainable development:

  1. The government agencies, companies and NGOs should submit candidates for membership of the ESPUR in each region by 25 November 2012; 
  2. Agree and sign a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding and cooperation on the creation ECTSD by 05 December 2012;
  3. Develop regional activity work plans ESPUR by 25 December 2012;
  4. Identify sources and process of financing activities of regional ESPUR by 25 December 2012.
  5. Hold a founding conference of ESPUR by 25 January 2012.