The 6th EITI Global Conference

Beyond Transparency

Sydney, Australia, 23-24 May 2013 

The 6th EITI Global Conference agreed and launched the new EITI Standard ensuring more transparency in the years ahead. It focused on how transparency and the EITI is leading to change in the 39 implementing countries. 

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EITI National Exhibition

The 2013 EITI National Expo brought together representatives from 34 EITI implementing countries to showcase their work and achievements. They showcased the activities they are undertaking, the products that they have produced, and their efforts to inform public debate.

The EITI National Expo provided an opportunity for implementing countries to exchange best practice and lessons learned. It also provided a meeting place for supporters from government, industry, international organisations and the investment community - an opportunity to learn more about the EITI, and to explore opportunities for further collaboration.

Other EITI Stakeholders, including the World Bank, Publish What You Pay, Revenue Watch Institute, ICMM and GIZ, were also represented.

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Conference Programme

For speeches and presentations held, please consult our dedicated page: Statements and presentations from the 2013 Sydney Conference

Thursday 23 May

 07:30 - 09:00

 

 

 

Breakfast workshops: 

  • AngloGold Ashanti Post validation of EITI in Tanzania: applying lessons learnt for future relevance (by invitation only) - Four Points Hotel
  • EITI Latin America meeting (by invitation only) - Parkside G05 SCEC (finishes 08:30)
  • EITI Francophone Africa meeting (by invitation only) – Parkside G02 
  • EITI West and Central Africa meeting(by invitation only) – Parkside G04

08:00

Registration opens

08:30 - 20:00

EITI National Expo - Hall 6

09:30 - 10:30

Opening Plenary

The EITI:beyond transparency - Parkside Auditorium

The speakers will address the evolution of the EITI, now firmly established as the global standard for extractive industry revenue transparency. 37 countries are implementing the EITI and have the opportunity to showcase their processes at the EITI National Expo.

  • Welcome to Country  from Michael West, Cultural Representative, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC)
  • Welcome from Clare Short, EITI Chair
  • Welcome from Hon Gary Gray, Minister for Resources and Energy, Australia
  • David Cameron (video recording)
  • HE Gordon Darcy LiloPrime Minister of the Solomon Islands
  • HE Joseph N. BoakaiVice President of Liberia
  • Musa Sada, Minister of Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Nigeria
  • Erik SolheimDAC Chair, OECD

 No coffee break but coffee available between 10:00-10:45 in the EITI National Expo area

10:30 - 12:00

Plenary 2 - Report of the Board to the conference

EITI Chair Clare Short and EITI Board members will report to the Conference. The EITI Board looks set to adopt a revised EITI Standard in advance of the Conference encouraging implementing countries to strengthen the linkages between the EITI and other complementary reforms. The speakers will discuss the EITI’s achievements, the background and changes to the revised EITI Standard and emerging challenges and opportunities. The EITI Progress Report 2013 will be presented.

 Clare Short, EITI Chair 

• Alfredo Pires, Secretary of State for Natural Resources, Timor-Leste
Abdoul Aziz Askia, Permanent Secretary, EITI Niger 
• Robert F. Cekuta, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources, US Department of State 
 Jean Claude Katende, Coordinator PWYP, Democratic Republic of Congo 
 Anthony Richter, Chair, Revenue Watch Institutee 
• Stuart Brooks, Manager, International Relations, Chevron 

12:00 - 13:00

 'Home' Lunch - EITI National Expo Hall
Delegates from implementing countries are encouraged to join their country stand

13:00 - 15:00

Parallel session group 1 – The impact of the EITI

The first set of parallels sessions focuses on lesson learned from EITI implementation so far.

1. EITI multi-stakeholder groups (MSGs), the roles of the government, civil society and companies

The heart of the EITI process is the multi-stakeholder group (MSG). The EITI can only succeed if government, companies and civil society work together to set clear objectives and develop inclusive processes. This session will focus on the successes and challenges in establishing and strengthening these coalitions, engaging civil society and communicating to the public.

  • Moderator: Ian Wood, VP Community Relations and Sustainability,  BHP Billiton, Australia
  • Celestin Vunabandi Kanyamihigo, Minister of Planning & Supervision of Implementation of Revolution and Modernity, DRC
  • Jim Miller, VP Environmental, Health and Safety, Freeport-MacMoRan, Copper & Gold Inc.
  •  Natalya Yantsen,  Director, NGO Tax Standards Formation,  Kazakhstan
  • Cielo Magno-Gatmaytan, National Coordinator Bantay Kita, Philippines
  • Eddie Rich, Deputy Head, EITI International Secretariat

2. What EITI Reports tell us (and what is missing)

More than 160 EITI Reports have been published. While the depth and quality of EITI Reports are increasing, more work is needed to make the information accessible, influential, and relevant. This session will explore the opportunities to make better use of EITI Reports.

  • Moderator: Sefton Darby, National Manager Minerals, New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals
  • Guillermo Shinno, Vice Minister of Mining, Peru
  • David Diamond, Director, Global Co-Head of ESG, Allianz Global Investors
  • Hannah Owusu-Koranteng, Associate Executive Director, Wacam, Ghana 
  • Jean Pierre Okenda, Action against impunity for human rights (ACIDH), Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Michael Jarvis, Program Leader, Governance of Extractive Industries, World Bank

3. Measuring the impact of the EITI

The EITI aims to contribute to greater accountability, good governance of natural resources, sustainable development and poverty reduction. Each country implements the EITI for different reasons, and stakeholders often have different expectations. Measuring the impact can be challenging. This session will explore these themes.

  • Moderator: Florent Michel Okoko, EITI Chairman of the Executive Committee, Republic of Congo 
  • David BrownAdviser on the EITI, World Bank Indonesia 
  • Paul Collier, Professor, University of Oxford
  • Graeme Hancock, Chief Representative, AngloAmerican
  • Mack Dumba Jérémy, EITI National Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo 
  • Ali Idrissa, Coordinator, ROTAB / PWYP, Niger 

4. The impact of the EITI in Nigeria

Nigeria EITI (“NEITI”) recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and has one the most ambitious and wide ranging EITI programmes. NEITI has been very successful in contributing to the debate about oil sector revenue management. This session will focus on the lessons learned for other implementing countries and the opportunities and challenges for the next 10 years of NEITI.

  • Moderator: Ibrahim Dankwanbo, Accountant General, Government of Nigeria  
  • Ledum Mitee, NSWG, Board Chairman, NEITI 
  • Faith Nwadishi, National Coordinator, PWYP, Nigeria 
  • Joseph Oluwatosin, General Manager Regulatory Compliance, The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
  • Lai Yahaya, Team Leader, FOSTER, Nigeria

15:00 - 15:30

 Break - EITI National Expo Hall

15:30 - 17:30

Plenary 3 - EITI Implementation: From transparency to accountability -  Parkside Auditorium

Speakers include representatives from implementing countries and supporting stakeholders. Returning to the theme of “beyond transparency”, the speakers will address some of the emerging challenges for EITI implementation, including the relationship between the EITI and mandatory disclosure legislation.

  • Moderator and Panelist: Daniel Kaufmann, President, Revenue Watch Institute
  • Musa Sada, Minister of Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Nigeria 
  • U Win Shein, Minister of Finance and Revenue, Myanmar
  • David Bradbury, Assistant Treasurer, Australia
  • Gudrun Kopp, Parliamentary State Secretary, Germany 
  • Ian Gary, Senior Policy Manager for Extractive Industries, Oxfam 
  • Debra Valentine, Group Executive Legal, External & Regulatory Affairs, Rio Tinto
  • Alan McLean, Executive Vice President Tax and Corporate Structure, Royal Dutch Shell

18:00 - 20:00

Reception in the EITI National Expo Hall - all participants invited

Announcement of the winners of the EITI Chair
Awards including the EITI Video Competition

Friday 24 May

07:00

Registration opens

07:30- 09:00

Breakfast workshops hosted by EITI and its stakeholders:

  • RWI: Introducing the 2013 Resource Governance Index, a measure of oil gas and mining governance in 58 countries - Parkside 110A

  • ICMM: Mining’s contribution to sustainable development- Parkside 110B

  • EITI Technical Assistance Providers Roundtable - Parkside G04

  • Friends of EITI Colombia meeting (by invitation only) - Parkside G05  

08:30 - 16:30

EITI National Expo

09:00 - 10:30

Plenary 4: EITI in the future

The EITI recently completed an extensive strategy review, culminating in the publication of the EITI Standard 2013. The opening plenary session on day 2 will focus on outcomes from the review, and the vision for the further evolution of the EITI.

  • Clare Short, EITI Chair
  • Rebecca Grynspan, Associate Administrator,United Nations Development Programme
  • HE Dr Hussain Al-Shahristani, Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Republic of Iraq
  • Marinke van Riet, International Director, Publish What You Pay
  • Peter Kukielski, CEO, Arcelor Mittal Mining
  • Robert Jenkins, Adjunct Professor of Finance, London Business School

10:30 - 11:00

 Break - EITI National Expo Hall

11:00 - 12:30

Parallel sessions group 2 – The evolution of the EITI

The second group of parallel sessions focuses on new elements of the EITI Standard, highlighting innovative activities planned and underway in implementing countries.

5. The EITI, contract and licensing transparency

Some EITI stakeholders argue that contract transparency is essential so that EITI reports can be used to explore whether the right amount of tax has been paid. Others have expressed concern that contract disclosure may reveal commercially sensitive information and undermine competition. This session will explore how these opportunities and challenges can be addressed.

  • Moderator: Arvinn Eikeland Gadgil, Deputy Minister for International Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • HE Wahidullah Shahrani, Minister of Mines, Afghanistan 
  • Gbegzohngar M. Findley, Senator, Liberia 
  • Evelyne Tsague, Francophone Africa Regional Coordinator, Revenue Watch Institute
  • Vijay Iyer, Director Sustainable Energy Department, World Bank
  • Corinna Gilfillan, Head of the US Office, Global Witness

6. Using the EITI to address expenditure and forecasting

The EITI Principles, whilst recognising that the ‘management of natural resource wealth for the benefit of a country’s citizens is in the domain of sovereign governments’, also recognises the importance of effective management of revenues and expenditures. This session explore how the EITI be used to address the allocation and effectiveness of public spending of extractive industry revenues.

  • Moderator: Michael Ross, Professor, UCLA Department of Political Science 
  • Natalia Gutierrez, Vice-Minister of Mining, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Colombia
  • José Correia Nunes,Head of Budget Support, Public Finance and Macro-economic Analysis, European Commission 
  • Gilbert Maoundonodji, President of the PWYP African Steering Committee and PWYP, Chad
  • Isaac Lobé Ndoumbe, Director Governance and Economic Reforms Department, African Development Bank
  • Edward Bickham, Adviser, ICMM

7. Engaging state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the EITI

A priority for the EITI is to ensure greater support and engagement from SOEs. In many countries, these companies play a leading role in the management of the extractive industries, managing large resources and revenues on behalf of their citizens. This session will explore opportunities to strengthen the engagement of NOCs in the EITI process.

  • Moderator: Shahmar Movsumov, Executive Director, Stat Oil Fund, Azerbaijan
  • Esperanca Bias, Minister of Mineral Resources, Mozambique
  • Francisco Monteiro, CEO, Timor GAP, E.P., Timor Leste  
  • Peiyuan Guo, General Manager, SynTao, China
  • Alexandra Gillies, Head of Governance, Revenue Watch Institute 
  • Zainab Ahmad, Executive Secretary, NEITI, Nigeria 

8. Ensuring the EITI stimulates public debate

This session will explore how MSGs and national EITI Secretariats  engage and inform the public dialogue about about the governance of the extractive industries. The new EITI Communications Guide, Talking Matters, will be launched at this session. 

  • Moderator: Meg Taylor, Vice President and CAO, World Bank 
  • Ousmane Mey Alamine, Minister of Finance, Cameroon
  • Elisea G. Gozun, Presidential Assistant II for Climate Change, Office of the President, The Philippines
  • Sixtus Mulenga, CEO, Tranter Resources Zambia Ltd
  • Diarmid O'Sullivan, Open Society Fellow, Open Society Foundations
  • Ibadoglu Gubad, Senior Researcher, Economic Research Center, Azerbaijan

12:30 - 13:30

 Lunch - EITI National Expo 

  • Members of Parliament meeting - with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (by invitation only)

13:30 - 15:30

EITI Stakeholder Pledging Forum

Implementing countries will be invited to make commitments on how they will develop their EITI process to enhance governance of the extractive industries. Other countries, companies and organisations are invited to make commitments to support and implement the EITI. Each presentation will be limited to 3 minutes for each speaker. Longer statements can be lodged with the EITI International Secretariat and will be published on the EITI website.

  • Moderator: Jonas Moberg, Head, EITI International Secretariat
  • Dossa Moussa, Minister for Employment, Social Affairs and Education, Ivory Coast
  • Omar Hamidou Tchiana, Minister of State, Minister of Mines and Industrial Development, Niger
  • HON. ENG. Irene Muloni, Minister of energy and Mineral Development, Uganda
  • Mr. D. Gankhuyag, Member of Parliament of Mongolia, Minister for Mining of Mongolia
  • Don Pomp Poyle, Treasurer, Papua New Guinea
  • Erick Archila, Minister of Energy and Mining, Guatemala
  • Djerassem Le Bemadjiel, Minister of Energy and Petrol, Chad
  • Dammipi Noupokou, Minister of Mines and Energy ad interim, Togo
  • Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of Minerals Resources, South Africa
  • Nurlan Sauranbayev, Vice-Minister of Industry and New Technology, Republic of Kazakhstan 
  • Rhullo Hakimov, Vice Minister of Finance, Tajikistan
  • Neritan Alibali, Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade and Energy, Albania
  • Hon. Cassiel Ato Forson, Deputy Minister of Finance, Ghana
  • George Harawa, Ministry of Finance, Malawi
  • Robert Cekuta, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, United States of America
  • Gianludovico de Martino di Montegiordano, Italian Ambassador to Australia, Italy
  • Richard Konteh, Chief of Staff/EITI Champion, Sierra Leone
  • Sidi Ould Zeine, Chair EITI National Council, Mauritania
  • Tibila Kaboré, General Secretary, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Burkina Faso
  • Zaw Oo, President’s Economic and Social advisor and / or Myanmar EITI National coordinator
  • Roberto Herrera, Chair MSG Honduras (Applied to Candidacy), Honduras
  • Victor Hart, Chair T&T MSG, Trinidad & Tobago EITI
  • Bishop Dr. Stephen Munga, TEITI, Tanzania
  • Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretariat, United Kingdom 
  • Bill Turner, AAMIG, Australia
  • Tim Carstens, CEO & Managing Director, Base Resources Ltd
  • Petra Kotte, Senior Director, Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaf (DEG)
  • Cecilia Mattia, Coordinator of The National Advocacy Coalition, PWYP Global Steering Committee
  • Antonio Pedro, Director, UNECA SRO-EA, Rwanda
  • Pascal Fabie, Networks, Chapters and Programmes Group Director, Transparency International
  • Peter Baxter, Director General, AusAID
  • Jon Hobbs, Director, Extractives Sector, WWF International
No coffee break but coffee available between 15:00-15:30 in theEITI National Expo area

15:30 - 16:30

Closing Plenary

Closing statement by Clare Short

16:30 - 18:30

24th EITI international Board Meeting

The 2013 EITI Chair's Awards

Chair of the EITI, Clare Short announced the winners of the 2013 EITI Chair's Award at the evening reception on 23 May at the EITI Global Conference in Sydney.

The EITI Awards are awarded to countries that have shown leadership, determination and resourcefulness in implementing the EITI. The three winners in 2013 were:

  1. Nigeria, for going beyond the EITI minimum standard and for making the EITI relevant and influencing policy in the country.
  2. Togo, for producing a video that captures the spirit of the EITI and how it benefits citizens.
  3. Sonny Mulenga from Zambia, for producing a video that captures the spirit of the EITI and how it benefits citizens.

See the two videos and other submissions to the EITI video competition below.

Previous winners

At the latest EITI Global Conference in Paris in 2011 three countries were awarded:

  • Mongolia for consistent improvement in reporting;
  • the Central African Republic for rapid implementation; and
  • the Kyrgyz Republic for achievement despite political instability.

At the EITI Global Conference in Doha in 2009, the following three countries won:

  • Liberia for its rapid progress;
  • Azerbaijan for being the first compliant country, and
  • Kazakhstan for its communication efforts.