Guide to implementing the EITI Standard

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Exploration and production

Requirement 3

Validation and reporting deadlines

Compliance and deadlines for implementing countries

Requirement 8 

EITI Validation deadlines and consequences (8.3)

Other reporting deadlines

  • Annual progress reports: The report on the previous year’s activities must be published by 1 July of the following year (8.4)
  • Work plans: Should be updated annually (1.5.f)
  • Beneficial ownership roadmap
    • All implementing countries should publish and maintain roadmaps for how to ensure beneficial ownership transparency in the extractive industries by 1 Jan 2020 (2.5).
    • Countries applying for EITI candidature should address the roadmap requirement as part of the MSG’s work plan (Board decision)
  • Ensure project-level reporting: by 31 December 2020 (Board decision)
  • Address opportunities for systematic disclosure in the work plan: by the end 2018, all implementing countries are expected to develop a costed work plan for 2019 and onwards that includes steps to mainstream EITI implementation in company and government systems within 3-5 years (Board decision)

Systematic disclosure

EITI implementing countries are increasingly making the information required by the EITI Standard available through government and corporate reporting systems (databases, websites, annual progress reports, portals etc.) - rather than relying on the EITI Report - to bring about transparency.

Mainstreaming is about encouraging and recognising countries that make transparency an integral and routine feature of their governance and management systems.

By the end 2018, all implementing countries are expected to develop a costed work plan for 2019 and onwards that includes steps to mainstream EITI implementation in company and government systems within 3-5 years (Board decision).

Going beyond the Standard

The EITI is a tool for informing and driving reforms. In many countries, that means that the disclosed information often goes beyond the requirements to include additional topics and sectors. The International Secretariat is considering to publish more information on the topics below. 

Terminology

From the EITI Standard, p. 12.

The use of the terms ‘must’, ‘should’, ‘required’ in the EITI Standard indicates that an issue is mandatory, and will be taken into account in the assessment of compliance with the EITI Standard.

The use of the term ‘expected’ in the EITI Standard indicates that the multi-stakeholder group should consider the issue, and document their discussions, rationale for disclosure/non-disclosure and any barriers to disclosure. Validation will consider and document the discussions by the multi-stakeholder group.

The use of the terms ‘recommended’, ‘encouraged’, ‘may wish’ and ‘could’ in the EITI Standard indicates that an issue is optional. Efforts by the multi-stakeholder group will be documented in Validation but will not be taken into account in the overall assessment of compliance with the EITI Standard.

The term ‘EITI Report’ in the context of a disclosure mechanism is used as shorthand for the information and data that should be disclosed in accordance with the EITI Standard. The data can be disclosed in the form of an EITI Report, or constitute publicly available information and data gathered or cross-referenced as part of the EITI process.

About and contact

Welcome to the guide to implementing the EITI Standard. The International Secretariat has developed these guidance pages to improve understanding of the EITI Standard.

The Standard is the definitive guide to the requirements for EITI implementing countries. However, it is useful to link this information to the EITI’s detailed guidance notes, and to case studies and emerging best practices.

These pages are meant to guide EITI countries in their implementation of the EITI Standard. It gives guidance per requirement. Its purpose is to link information between the EITI’s detailed guidance notes, case studies and emerging best practices.

Please send feedback to cberger@eiti.org to improve these guidance pages.

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