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Kyrgyzstan hosts regional EITI conference

On 13-16 June 2011, more than 30 representatives from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan gathered in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan, for the second EITI Issyk-Kul International Conference. The purpose of the conference, entitled ‘Beyond Validation: looking to the future of EITI’, was to share experiences with implementation and identify priorities ahead.

Topics on the agenda included implementation of EITI at the sub-national level, enhancing communications, improving the quality of EITI reports, incorporating EITI in national legislations, and training in the 2011 edition of the EITI Rules. The discussions resulted in several recommendations for post-Validation activities, such as strengthening capacity of stakeholders, assisting legislative bodies to improve the legal framework, and using the EITI to increase transparency in other branches of the economy. Kyrgyzstan is currently exploring possibilities for extending EITI to the fuel and energy sector, and has established a Fuel and Energy Sector Transparency Initiative (FESTI) Supervisory Board.

The outcomes of the conference are summarized in the Cholpon-Ata Statement. The conference was organized by Kyrgyzstan EITI (KEITI) in collaboration with DFID and the World Bank.

For further information, please contact Sam Bartlett at the EITI International Secretariat.