Presentations and statements made at the 2013 Sydney conference
The 6th EITI Global Conference
Sydney, Australia, 23-24 May 2013
The 6th EITI Global Conference agreed and launched the new EITI Standard ensuring more transparency in the years ahead. It focused on how transparency and the EITI is leading to change in the 39 implementing countries.
The 2013 EITI National Expo brought together representatives from 34 EITI implementing countries to showcase their work and achievements. They showcased the activities they are undertaking, the products that they have produced, and their efforts to inform public debate.
The EITI National Expo provided an opportunity for implementing countries to exchange best practice and lessons learned. It also provided a meeting place for supporters from government, industry, international organisations and the investment community - an opportunity to learn more about the EITI, and to explore opportunities for further collaboration.
Other EITI Stakeholders, including the World Bank, Publish What You Pay, Revenue Watch Institute, ICMM and GIZ, were also represented.
For speeches and presentations held, please consult our dedicated page: Statements and presentations from the 2013 Sydney Conference
Thursday 23 May
07:30 - 09:00
08:30 - 20:00
EITI National Expo - Hall 6
09:30 - 10:30
The speakers will address the evolution of the EITI, now firmly established as the global standard for extractive industry revenue transparency. 37 countries are implementing the EITI and have the opportunity to showcase their processes at the EITI National Expo.
No coffee break but coffee available between 10:00-10:45 in the EITI National Expo area
10:30 - 12:00
Plenary 2 - Report of the Board to the conference
• Alfredo Pires, Secretary of State for Natural Resources, Timor-Leste
•Abdoul Aziz Askia, Permanent Secretary, EITI Niger
• Robert F. Cekuta, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources, US Department of State
• Jean Claude Katende, Coordinator PWYP, Democratic Republic of Congo
• Anthony Richter, Chair, Revenue Watch Institutee
• Stuart Brooks, Manager, International Relations, Chevron
12:00 - 13:00
'Home' Lunch - EITI National Expo Hall
13:00 - 15:00
Parallel session group 1 – The impact of the EITI
The first set of parallels sessions focuses on lesson learned from EITI implementation so far.
1. EITI multi-stakeholder groups (MSGs), the roles of the government, civil society and companies
The heart of the EITI process is the multi-stakeholder group (MSG). The EITI can only succeed if government, companies and civil society work together to set clear objectives and develop inclusive processes. This session will focus on the successes and challenges in establishing and strengthening these coalitions, engaging civil society and communicating to the public.
2. What EITI Reports tell us (and what is missing)
3. Measuring the impact of the EITI
4. The impact of the EITI in Nigeria
15:00 - 15:30
Break - EITI National Expo Hall
15:30 - 17:30
Plenary 3 - EITI Implementation: From transparency to accountability - Parkside Auditorium
18:00 - 20:00
Reception in the EITI National Expo Hall - all participants invited
Announcement of the winners of the EITI Chair
Friday 24 May
Breakfast workshops hosted by EITI and its stakeholders:
08:30 - 16:30
EITI National Expo
09:00 - 10:30
Plenary 4: EITI in the future
10:30 - 11:00
Break - EITI National Expo Hall
11:00 - 12:30
Parallel sessions group 2 – The evolution of the EITI
The second group of parallel sessions focuses on new elements of the EITI Standard, highlighting innovative activities planned and underway in implementing countries.
5. The EITI, contract and licensing transparency
6. Using the EITI to address expenditure and forecasting
7. Engaging state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the EITI
8. Ensuring the EITI stimulates public debate
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch - EITI National Expo
13:30 - 15:30
EITI Stakeholder Pledging Forum
Implementing countries will be invited to make commitments on how they will develop their EITI process to enhance governance of the extractive industries. Other countries, companies and organisations are invited to make commitments to support and implement the EITI. Each presentation will be limited to 3 minutes for each speaker. Longer statements can be lodged with the EITI International Secretariat and will be published on the EITI website.
15:30 - 16:30
16:30 - 18:30
24th EITI international Board Meeting
Chair of the EITI, Clare Short announced the winners of the 2013 EITI Chair's Award at the evening reception on 23 May at the EITI Global Conference in Sydney.
The EITI Awards are awarded to countries that have shown leadership, determination and resourcefulness in implementing the EITI. The three winners in 2013 were:
- Nigeria, for going beyond the EITI minimum standard and for making the EITI relevant and influencing policy in the country.
- Togo, for producing a video that captures the spirit of the EITI and how it benefits citizens.
- Sonny Mulenga from Zambia, for producing a video that captures the spirit of the EITI and how it benefits citizens.
See the two videos and other submissions to the EITI video competition below.
At the latest EITI Global Conference in Paris in 2011 three countries were awarded:
- Mongolia for consistent improvement in reporting;
- the Central African Republic for rapid implementation; and
- the Kyrgyz Republic for achievement despite political instability.
At the EITI Global Conference in Doha in 2009, the following three countries won:
- Liberia for its rapid progress;
- Azerbaijan for being the first compliant country, and
- Kazakhstan for its communication efforts.
See all the submissions to the competitions (national secretariats and citizens)