7 May 2008 the EITI Board welcomed Côte d'Ivoire as an EITI Candidate Country and is now among the 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America that are underway in implementing this standard for transparency in the extractive industries. It now has two years to become compliant with the EITI Criteria and undergo validation.
Côte d'Ivoire has established a multi-stakeholder group which brings together government, the industry and civil society to discuss and promote transparency of revenues from the country's petroleum, gas and mining sectors. The group has jointly elaborated a workplan with steps to implement the EITI over the coming years.
An information campaign has been launched to inform the public about the EITI, including a television programme which explains the initiative and its aim to increase transparency in the sale of Côte d'Ivoire's resources.
For further information, contact Regional Director Tim Bittiger at the EITI International Secretariat.