The Angolan Government has formally notified the EITI of its intention to join the 54 countries already implementing the EITI Standard. In a letter to the EITI Board Chair, dated 14 September 2020, the Minister of Mineral, Oil and Gas Resources, Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, outlined steps already taken towards EITI implementation. These include signature of Presidential Order 117/20, appointing the Minister to the role of President of the National Coordination Committee of the EITI, and a public statement announcing the Government's commitment to joining the initiative.
"The announcement of Angola's intention to join the EITI is a welcome development," said the EITI International Secretariat's Executive Director, Mark Robinson. "We have been working towards this outcome with the Angolan authorities and the Norwegian Government, who have been supportive of our efforts. As indicated in our statement earlier this year, we believe that EITI implementation can enable Angola to make sustained progress in addressing governance challenges in its extractives sector, to the benefit of Angolan citizens."
There is an established process for countries to sign up to the EITI. The Government of Angola is aware of this process and is undertaking the internal processes necessary to take forward its application. The EITI International Secretariat will be working with government, industry and civil society stakeholders in country to support this effort.