Media Advisory: EITI Chair Clare Short in Cape Town 21-23 May

EITI Chair, Clare Short is together with EITI Deputy Head, Eddie Rich in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 May 2012.

On Tuesday 22 May 11:30, she will be speaking at the Open Forum about "Can global institutions work for Africa?" at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

On Monday 21 May, she will meet with EITI leaders from the many countries that are implementing the EITI standard in the Southern and Eastern Africa region, as well as leaders from civil society organisations at an event hosted by Southern African Resource Watch, held at the Westin Hotel.

On the eve of the visit Clare Short said: "Southern and Eastern Africa is undergoing major transformations as consequence of the newfound oil and gas resources. The question is now how well the governments use the revenues received from these resources. Future generations depend on the revenues being managed transparently and responsibly so that they benefit all the people in Southern and Eastern Africa."

Clare Short was UK Secretary of State for International Development in Tony Blair's government. In 2003, Ms Short resigned from the government over the Iraq war. Clare Short's biography is available on the EITI website.

Media enquiries and requests for interviews with Clare Short in Cape Town can be directed to Communications Manager Anders Kråkenes akrakenes@eiti.org or Deputy Head Eddie Rich erich@eiti.org.