Commonwealth leaders encourage countries to follow EITI

The Heads of Government of the Commonwealth met in Perth, Australia 28-30 October. The meeting of the 54 leaders took place a few days after Australia had announced that it would launch a pilot of the EITI. 8 of the Commonwealth countries are already implementing the EITI standard: Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tirindad and Tobago, Tanzania and Zambia. In the final communique the leaders welcomed EITI and encouraged implementation.

Clare Short, EITI Chair, said: "The Commonwealth leaders' endorsement of the EITI standard is highly welcome. Even more welcome is that Commonwealth Heads of Government are showing leadership by implementing the EITI in their countries."

The communique states that Heads of Government:

e) agreed to promote more effective natural resource management through greater transparency and better governance, and taking account of the values of natural capital in decision-making, build on the Commonwealth’s longstanding practical contributions to member governments in this area. To that end:

ii. welcomed the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative principles and encouraged Commonwealth countries to consider supporting or implementing them;