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Gabon 2024 EITI Validation: call for views on stakeholder engagement

Call for views on progress in EITI implementation in Gabon

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Antecedentes

Gabon signed up to the EITI in 2021. 

Gabon’s first Validation against the 2019 EITI Standard is scheduled to commence on 1 July 2024. 

In accordance with the Validation procedure, the EITI International Secretariat is seeking stakeholder views on Gabon’s progress in implementing the EITI Standard between October 2021 and July 2024.

Instrucciones de aplicación

Stakeholders are requested to send views to Esteban Manteca (emanteca@eiti.org) and Christina Berger (CBerger@eiti.org) by 30 June 2024. 

Acerca del EITI

Creemos que los recursos naturales de los países pertenecen a sus ciudadanos. Nuestra misión consiste en promover el conocimiento sobre la gestión de los recursos naturales, fortalecer la gobernanza y la rendición de cuentas en los ámbitos público y corporativo, y aportar datos que sirvan de sustento para la creación de políticas y el diálogo multipartícipe en el sector extractivo. Al convertirse en miembros del EITI, los países se comprometen a divulgar información a lo largo de la cadena de valor de las industrias extractivas, desde la forma en que se otorgan los derechos sobre actividades extractivas, hasta el modo en que los ingresos llegan a manos de los gobiernos y cómo benefician a la población. A través de la participación en el EITI, más de 50 países han acordado a respetar un conjunto de normas comunes que determinan qué debe divulgarse y cuándo: en otras palabras, el Estándar EITI. En cada uno de los países que se ha unido al EITI hay un grupo multipartícipe, conformado por el gobierno, empresas y la sociedad civil, que colabora con la implementación del Estándar EITI.

Objetivo

The EITI Standard requires that the government, extractive companies and civil society are fully, actively and effectively engaged in EITI implementation. The Secretariat is in particular seeking views on the following questions: 

  1. Are the government, extractive companies and civil society fully, actively and effectively engaged in EITI implementation? 

  1. Are there any obstacles or barriers to the participation of any of these constituencies or their sub-groups in EITI implementation? 

Civil society engagement in the EITI will be assessed in accordance with EITI Protocol: Participation of civil society. Stakeholders are requested to provide input on Gabon’s adherence with the protocol.  

Any concerns related to potential breaches of the protocol should be accompanied with a description of the related incident, including its timing, actors involved and the link to the EITI process. If available, supporting documentation should be provided. Stakeholders may also indicate which provision of the civil society protocol they consider the breach(es) to relate to. Responses will be anonymised and be kept confidential. 

The Secretariat is seeking views on the following questions related to civil society engagement: 

  1. Are civil society organisations able to engage in public debate related to the EITI process and express opinions about the EITI process without restraint, coercion or reprisal? 

  1. Are civil society representatives able to operate freely in relation to the EITI process? 

  1. Are civil society representatives able to communicate and cooperate with each other regarding the EITI process? 

  1. Are civil society representatives able to be fully, actively and effectively engaged in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the EITI process? 

  1. Are civil society representatives able to speak freely on transparency and natural resource governance issues, and ensure that the EITI contributes to public debate?  

For purposes of the protocol, ‘civil society representatives’ refer to civil society representatives who are substantively involved in the EITI process, including but not limited to members of the multi-stakeholder group. The ‘EITI process’ refers to activities related to preparing for EITI sign-up; MSG meetings; CSO constituency side-meetings on EITI, including interactions with MSG representatives; producing EITI Reports; producing materials or conducting analysis on EITI Reports; expressing views related to EITI activities; and expressing views related to natural resource governance.