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Leaders lining up for Doha conference--14 days to go

The EITI's International Conference in Doha is an important forum for leaders from governments, companies and civil society organisations to come together and exchange ideas and experiences. The list of leaders coming to the conference highlights the broad range of support for the EITI and the key role it can play in improving transparency and promoting good governance in the extractives industry. Industry leaders such as Jeroen van der Veer, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell; Peter Robertson, vice-Chairman, Chevron Corporation; Francois Cornélis, vice-Chairman, Total; and Anthony Hodges, President, International Council on Mining and Metals, will be offering their experience and insight in conference discussions.

To date, several political leaders from resource-rich countries are slated to participate in the conference. Leaders such as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia; former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae; Iraq's Minister of Oil, Husain al-Shahristani; the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani; and Prime Minister of Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadera, represent the broad spectrum of contexts in which the EITI is being implemented. Each country's experience is unique and the additional participation of ministers of Finance, Mining, Energy and others, from several more countries will ensure that discussions at the conference remain firmly connected to the EITI experience on the ground.

To round off, leaders from civil society organisations will also be participating in the conference. Founder/Director of the Open Society Institute, George Soros; Global Witness Director, Simon Taylor; Revenue Watch Institute Director, Karin Lissakers, and many others, will bring their experiences and ideas to the table, enriching the debates and discussions that will be taking place throughout the conference.

This is just a brief snapshot of some of the individuals and organisations attending the Doha conference, and we expect the outcome to be a very constructive experience.