This international conference will discuss the political and legal context of extractive industry contracts; licensing and negotiation; confidentiality and transparency of contracts; citizen and parliamentary participation in negotiation; approval and monitoring of contracts; the financial "take" of the government contracts; and contract negotiation and renegotiation experiences. Specific experiences in Liberia, Ghana, Peru and Azerbaijan will be examined from a variety of perspectives. Finally,

The PWYP International Conference will take place November 16 – 18, 2009 in Montreal, Canada. The conference is being organised by Partnership Africa Canada (PAC), PWYP Canada, and PWYP International.

The conference has three key objectives:

To provide a forum for dialogue and engagement between civil society and Canadian actors, including government agencies, the private sector and regulatory authorities. Through this dialogue,

While the countries of Central Africa within the Congo River Basin and bordering areas are home to Africa's greatest concentration of wealth in natural resources, they still count among the poorest nations on earth.

The Yaoundé conference will bring together the many actors involved and the interested public with the aim of promoting a strategy of sustainable, transparent economic management and good governance.

The meeting will focus on the progress on validation of the EITI Candidate Countries.  The Board will also visit the Sangachal Terminal (one of the largest oil and gas facilities in the world).  

For more details on the meeting, please contact Leah Krogsund  

The event will feature two separate panel discussions described below.

Peru: Achievements and Remaining Challenges

Ambassador Luis Valdivieso Montano, Embassy of Peru

Jose de Echave, Cooperacción - Peru

Anwar Ravat, EITI Program Manager, World Bank

Ian Gary, Oxfam America (Moderator)

Advances in Extractive Industry Transparency in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Mexico

Célica Hernández, Fundación Jubileo - Bolivia

Andrea Ordóñez, Grupo Faro - Ecuador

The conferene is organised by Danida/Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark; IBIS; Amnesty International Denmark; Transparency International Denmark; and Publish What You Pay Norway.

The objective of the conference is to discuss what Danish and international actors from governments, private sector and civil society can do to unleash the economic potentials in extractive industries through mobilising revenues and combat tax evasion while respecting human rights and promoting CSR.

Peace and economic growth and closely related. How can policy makers maximize the impact of private sector for both peace and development? More information about the event here

Diana Klein, Peace Building Issues Programme, International Alert

Andrew Bone, Head, International Relations, De Beers

Simon Maxwell, Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute

Doing business in developing countries, oil, gas and mining companies face a harsh environment. Widespread corruption and armed conflicts affect returns while the population of many resource rich countries does not benefit from the riches of these natural resources. However, a new global initiative, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is paving the way out of the resource trap with a simple proposition: more transparency.

Training for government officials and other stakeholders about the EITI is essential for success of the initiative. In 2009, three training seminars have been scheduled for stakeholders in EITI implementing countries, including countries that have recently joined like Tanzania or are seeking to do so like Mozambique.

These seminars will take place in Berlin, Germany (6-8 May); West Africa (3-5 June Douala, Cameroon); and East Africa (15-17 June Dar es Salaam, Tanzania).