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EITI Chair meets Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev

EITI Chair meets Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev

8 October 2015

Thursday 8 October - EITI Chair Clare Short met with President Ilham Aliyev during her visit to Baku today. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Azerbaijan’s EITI implementation. Clare Short also met with Azerbaijan’s EITI multi-stakeholder group and members of the Coalition of Public Unions for improving transparency in the extractive industries in Azerbaijan.

Clare Short said after the meeting with the President:

“The President undertook to resolve the issues raised by the EITI Board on civil society participation. Azerbaijan's progress on implementing this commitment will be assessed in April 2016 after the publication of Azerbaijan's next EITI Report. We look forward to continue to work together with the government on these issues.”

On 15 April the EITI Board downgraded Azerbaijan’s EITI status from Compliant to Candidate due to breaches of the EITI requirements. Azerbaijan can regain its Compliant status by implementing the corrective actions requested by the EITI Board within 15 April 2016, or face suspension or delisting from the EITI.

In July 2015, Azerbaijan published its 2013 EITI Report, showing company-by-company figures for the first time.

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Notes to Editors

  • The EITI is a coalition of governments, companies, civil society groups, investors and international organisations. Learn more at
  • EITI is chaired by the Rt. Hon. Clare Short. Ms Short was the UK Secretary of State for International Development (1997-2003).
  • 48 countries now implement the EITI standard, and recognised as either EITI Compliant or EITI Candidate. See the list of countries at
  • For further information about the EITI Azerbaijan, please visit the country page on the EITI website and the national EITI website.