Tanzania Civil Society Nominates MSG Representatives for 2013-2015

Source: PWYP Tanzania
Date: 23 Oct 2021

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The Forum of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) involved in advocacy to promote transparency and accountability in the extractive industries in Tanzania that was held for two days – 18th -19th October 2012 in Dar es Salaam, concluded with a consensus on five CSOs sub-constituency configurations that will represent civil society in the Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Multi-Stakeholders Group (MSG), simultaneously with nomination of civil society representatives in the MSG for three years with effect from January 2013. Seventy (70) participants representing civil society and the coalition of Publish What You Pay (PWYP) in Tanzania that advocate for transparency and accountability in mining, oil and gas industries in the country were mobilised from rural and urban areas across the country to take part in the CSOs forum. Earlier on, CSOs endorsed the cooperation principles and criteria that are consistent with EITI spirit.

Endorsed through consensus after open debate, the five civil society sub-constituencies with nominated representatives in brackets are Publish What You Pay (Bubelwa Kaiza), Interfaith (Bishop Dr. Stephen Munga), Trade Union (Arch. Mbaraka Igangula), Special Groups (Ms. Blandina Sembu) and Conventional NGOs and Networks (Amani Mhinda). The CSOs forum also nominated alternate representatives from each sub-constituency as precautious measure to allay any future impending risk of losing institutional memory and capacity concentration. Kaiza, Bishop Munga and Igangula had served on the MSG since Tanzania acceded to EITI in 2009.

Convening of the CSOs Forum was coordinated by Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) in collaboration with PWYP-T, the Interfaith Committee and some Policy Forum members to ensure the process is inclusive, open, participatory and transparent.

Tanzania EITI Secretariat had since March 2012 announced the MSG vacancies, and guided that the slots should be filled by end of December 2012.

Tanzania is a resource-rich country with abundant gold (2,222 tones of proven reserves), natural gas (33 trillion cubic feet of proven reserves), uranium (35.9 million pounds of proven reserves), coal (1.5 billion tones of proven reserves), diamond 50.9 million carat of proven reserves), to mention only a few extractive resources in the country. Tanzania had since 2009 implemented EITI during which the country has produced two reports; February 2011, and June 2012. The latter awaits EITI International Secretariat Review to determine the country’s EITI status.