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The EITI requires mining companies in implementing countries to report taxes and revenue payments made to the government in a standardised format. However, companies’ payments for the procurement of goods and services – in most cases the single largest in-country payment type by a mine site – are not systematically disclosed.

As a member of the Publish What You Pay Canada coalition,

 The Africa EITI Conference on Beneficial Ownership Transparency had a powerful opening on Wednesday 31 October, with speeches from HE Macky Sall, President of Senegal and HE Julius Maada Bio, President of Sierra Leone, as well as other high-level government officials. The range of the parallel session topics varied from illicit financial flows to politically exposed persons. 

The EITI Board members and around 100 stakeholders gathered in Dakar for the 41st EITI Board meeting, ahead of 250 participants attending the three-day Opening Up Ownership: Africa conference on beneficial ownership, co-hosted by the EITI and the Government of Senegal.

Senegal – new resource-rich country on the block 

The Government of Malawi formally committed to disclose all oil, gas and mining contracts in December 2015 at a Malawi EITI stakeholders meeting in Lilongwe. At the meeting, the then Principal Secretary Ben Botolo responsible for mining said that all contracts were already available upon request at the Department of Mines. As civil society, we were quick to take government at their word. But we soon discovered that while mining contracts were easily accessible,

Creating a level playing field for all companies in Mali

The Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Mali coalition and the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) have made numerous calls for the publication of mining contracts. They are doing this because publication of contracts will help improve the monitoring of revenues received by local government and ensure that companies comply with their social and environmental commitments.

Transparency of contractual terms is important but to understand if the right tax is coming in, you also need production and export figures.

EITI data in combination with financial accounting data can aid tax authorities and civil society in the analysis of a range of tax risks on the resource value chain. In fact, EITI Reporting has highlighted how EITI data has been leading to enhanced domestic resource

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is a partner and supporting organisation to the EITI. Twenty-seven companies are members of ICMM, through which they are supporters of the EITI. ICMM CEO Tom Butler attended the recent EITI Board meeting in Berlin and participated in a side event on contract transparency with EITI Chair Fredrik Reinfeldt. Tom explains ICMMs policy on contract transparency and the impact it has had in this Q&A.   

EITI Berlin Board Meeting Blog: Day 2

Colombia became the first country in the Americas to meet or exceed all the requirements of the EITI Standard. The Board found Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Ukraine, and São Tomé and Princípe had made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI. The Board reviewed the expectations for EITI supporting companies and discussed how grievances under the EITI should be addressed.

EITI Berlin Board Meeting Blog: Day 1

The EITI continues to pioneer new aspects of transparency across the world. EITI Board members and around 150 stakeholders gathered today in Berlin for the 40th EITI Board meeting to discuss progress made by the EITI implementing countries, civic space to advocate on extractives governance, contract transparency and conflict minerals. The Board took a deeper look at major oil, gas and mining countries: Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The below is based on a speech given by Fredrik Reinfeldt, Chair of the EITI, at the EITI Board meeting side event on contract transparency in Berlin June 2018. 

In 2013, the EITI Standard started to encourage contracts to be disclosed. Contracts, it is worth reminding ourselves, are legal documents that governments enter into on behalf of their people. Experience has shown that in many cases, in particular in countries with weak institutions and governance,

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