Central African Republic ‘suspended’ following coup d’état

The Board concluded that the EITI Principles and Criteria could not be adhered to in the current situation.

The EITI Board has decided to temporarily suspend Central African Republic’s status as EITI Compliant, effective 10 April 2013.

Following the coup d’état on 24-25 March, and having consulted stakeholders and reactions from other international organisations, the Board concluded that the Central African Republic does not currently have a recognised government necessary for effective EITI implementation. It concluded that the EITI Principles and Criteria could not be adhered to in the current situation of political instability. EITI stakeholders in the country are encouraged to continue EITI implementation, to the extent possible.

In accordance with the EITI Rules, Central African Republic may apply to lift the suspension at any time. In considering a request for lifting suspension, the Board will have regard to whether there is an environment for effective EITI implementation. An application from the country to lift suspension should document the steps, agreed by stakeholders, to re-start the EITI process including a new work plan for the production of the 2011 EITI Report.

The Central African Republic was admitted as an EITI Candidate country in 2008. The country has published three EITI Reports disclosing government revenues from artisanal production of diamonds for fiscal periods 2006 to 2010. Central African Republic was declared EITI Compliant on 1 March 2011.

If suspension is lifted, the Board will consider setting new deadlines for EITI reporting and EITI Validation. If the suspension is in effect for more than one year, i.e., beyond 10 April 2014, the Board will, in accordance with the EITI Rules, consider delisting the Central African Republic.

Any enquiries about the suspension of the Central African Republic can be directed to Tim Bittiger