The EITI Secretariat first presented its report for 2009 at the recent EITI Board meeting in Oslo. The report is now made available here on the EITI website. This report provides an account of the EITI International Secretariat’s activities in 2009. Highlights from 2009 include:
- The Global EITI Conference in Doha had over 500 participants from 80 different countries, including Heads of State, CEOs, and civil society leaders. This event marked a progression of the initiative into a global standard for the governance of the extractive industries.
- Azerbaijan and Liberia became the first two EITI Compliant countries.
- In 2009 six new countries became EITI Candidate countries: Albania, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Norway, Tanzania and Zambia. As a result, 30 countries are currently implementing the EITI.
- Several other countries declared their intention to implement the EITI including Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Iraq and Ukraine.
- Several new publications, including the EITI Progress Report, EITI Rule Book, EITI Communications Guide, EITI Parliamentary Guide, Advancing the EITI in the Mining Sector, Good Practice Notes, an EITI Video, and EITI Case Studies, were launched in 2009. Many of these have been translated to one or more languages.
- A total of 19 Validation seminars and EITI workshops were held in EITI implementing countries during the year.
- Of the 22 countries facing a Validation deadline in March 2010, two are now EITI Compliant, 15 have initiated the Validation process by end 2009 and one voluntarily suspended their Candidacy. The two countries with deadlines later in 2010 have also initiated Validation.
The biennial EITI Progress Report is published in time for the Global EITI Conferences, with the next Progress Report, 2009-2010, being published ahead of the Global Conference in 2011.