EITI will have it's 14th Board Meeting in Brussels 13-14 December 2010. The agenda includes follow-up actions agreed in the previous board meeting in Dar es Salaam, as well as a report from the Validation Committee. The Validation Committee will discuss recommendations for eight countries, and possibly three additional countries.

For more information on the board meeting, please contact Leah Krogsund at the Secretariat.

The last year has seen unprecedented activity in EITI implementing countries as 23 of the 31 candidate countries have had validation deadlines. Twenty-three implementing countries have now produced EITI reports – more than half of them have produced these reports for the first time this year.Therefore, the 3rd National Coordinators' meeting in November will be a timely opportunity to discuss:

Friday May 21, 2010 12:30-2:00pm

Alfredo Okenve NdoCo-Founder and Secretary-General of the Centro de Estudios e Iniciativas para el Desarrollo; Representative on the National Commission Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Simon TaylorFounding Director, Global Witness – International NGO co-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for work on conflict diamonds, founding member of Publish What You Pay coalition and EITI

Moberg will discuss the current status and future of this voluntary initiative. His remarks will be followed by comments from Paulo de Sa  Manager, Oil, Gas and Mining Policy Division.  The World Bank provides funds and technical assistance to some of the countries implementing EITI.

The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) aims to increase the transparency of payment made by the oil,

This hearing will focus on programs that support revenue transparency such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and their ability to improve human rights in resource-rich countries.  One of the hallmarks of EITI is the equal seat that civil society is given at the table with government and industry through the multi-stakeholder working group.  Questions remain, however, as to the real role civil society is being allowed to play,

The three core functions of Parliament–-representing constituent interests, legislating, and overseeing the executive branch–-are crucial along the entire extractive industries value chain. Legislators are responsible for ensuring that policy and regulatory frameworks regarding extractive industries benefit the population, and they can make sure that government agencies appropriately allocate and account for revenues. However, because of capacity constraints, and a lack of strong analytical backgrounds,

"Strengthening the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) campaign and advocacy for a transparent and accountable management of natural resources in Francophone Africa" is the topic of this regional workshop that is taking place in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire from January 29 to February 2.

For program and information please visit the PWYP website.