Published Date: 
February, 2019

The EITI Board agreed that Mauritania has made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI Standard.

Date: 27.02.2019

Reference: 2019-19/BM-42

Description: see below for the decision in full. PDF attached at bottom of the page.

Where: 42nd Board meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine

Based onRequirement 8.3 EITI Validation deadlines and consequences

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Keywords: Validation; Mauritania

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Decision in full

The EITI Board agreed that Mauritania has partly addressed the corrective actions from the country’s first Validation. Consequently, Mauritania has made meaningful progress overall in implementing the EITI Standard, with considerable improvements across individual requirements.

The Board recognised Mauritania’s efforts to use EITI reporting as a diagnostic to drive reforms in the management of extractives licenses and state participation in the mining sector. Validation found that gradual improvements in the Multi-Stakeholder Group’s cohesion and oversight have ensured more effective oversight of EITI implementation by all three constituencies. The Board encouraged stakeholders to continue enhancing the dynamism of its dissemination, outreach and assessment of impact.

The Board welcomed ongoing efforts to ensure systematic disclosure of EITI data. The Board took note of these developments and looks forward to working together with Mauritanian stakeholders on these issues.

The Board determined that Mauritania will have 12 months, i.e. until 27 February 2020 before a third Validation to carry out corrective actions regarding license allocations (2.2), license register(s) (2.3) and review of outcomes and impact of implementation (7.4). Failure to achieve satisfactory progress across these individual requirements in the third Validation will result in suspension in accordance with the EITI Standard. In accordance with the EITI Standard, the MSG may request an extension of this timeframe, or request that Validation commences earlier than scheduled.

Corrective actions

The EITI Board agreed the following corrective actions. Progress in addressing these corrective actions will be assessed in a third Validation commencing on 27 February 2020:

  1. In accordance with requirement 2.2.a, the government should ensure annual disclosure of which mining, oil, and gas licenses were awarded and transferred during the year, highlighting the technical and financial requirements and any non-trivial deviations from the applicable legal and regulatory framework governing license awards and transfers. In accordance with requirement 2.3, the government should also ensure that the dates of application, commodities covered and coordinates for all oil, gas and mining licenses held by material companies are publicly available.
  2. In accordance with Requirement 2.6, Mauritania should ensure that a comprehensive list of state participation in the extractive industries, including terms associated with state equity and any changes in the year under review, be publicly accessible. Mauritania should also clarify the rules and practices governing financial relations between all SOEs, and their subsidiaries, and the state, including the existence of any loans or guarantees extended by the state, or SOEs, to extractives companies or projects.
  3. In accordance with requirement 7.4, the MSG should undertake and document its efforts strengthen impacts of EITI implementation on extractive sector governance, specifically on increasing engagement with stakeholders at the local level and extending the detail and scope of EITI reporting. The MSG should develop specific approaches to engage stakeholders outside of the MSG in soliciting their views, developing APRs, and reviewing the impact of EITI implementation. The MSG may wish to consider developing more formalised consultation mechanisms with mine-affected communities through established regional focal points.