Rob Pitman works as a governance officer for NRGI, where he leads organisational advocacy and research on contract transparency and manages the use of the Natural Resource Charter as a tool to structure analysis and dialogue. He is a co-author of the Natural Resource Charter Benchmarking Framework.

We spoke with Rob on the sidelines of the EITI’s gathering of key partner organisations, dedicated to discussing priorities for strengthening extractive industry governance,

EITI Board assesses the island nation as having achieved “meaningful progress” against the EITI Standard.

The EITI Board decided on 1 October that the Seychelles has made “meaningful progress” overall in implementing the EITI Standard, following the conclusion of the Validation process – the EITI’s quality assurance process.

The Board recognises the commitment by the Government of Seychelles and the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) to good governance in its nascent oil sector and commends the

Rashad Abelson works at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), for the Responsible Business Conduct Unit, where he implements the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. He is also working on the development of an online Risk Portal. The OECD Portal for Supply Chain Risk Information will be a one-stop shop for information on 38 different mineral supply chains.

Sven works as a program manager for the World Bank’s Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Multi-Donor Trust Fund, which supports developing countries govern their oil, gas and mineral resources in a sustainable and transparent manner to reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity. We spoke with Sven on the sidelines of the EITI’s gathering of partner organisations, dedicated to discussing priorities for strengthening extractive industry governance, which was held in Oslo in September 2018.

Ukraine’s national parliament passed the widely-backed Law 2545-VIII ‘On ensuring transparency in extractive industries’ on 18 September 2018. The new legislation sets out legal principles for the collection, disclosure and dissemination of data on Ukraine’s extractive industries. It is hailed by campaigners as a milestone on the road to transparency and accountability in the country’s oil, gas and mining sector.

Anton works as a programme manager at Open Oil in Berlin, where he oversees the development of open data applications, including the contract and concession repository, the Aleph search engine to data mine corporate disclosures (which contains 3 million compliance documents from extractives companies), and the mapping of corporate networks. We spoke with him on the sidelines of the EITI’s gathering of partner organisations,

News and blog posts

Government encouraged to bring implementation of the EITI back on track.

The EITI Board decided on 4 September 2018 to suspend Liberia for not having published the EITI report for the fiscal period ending June 2016 within the 1 July 2018 deadline. The decision followed a request by the Government of Liberia to extend the reporting deadline, set by the EITI Standard. The Board found that the request did not meet the criteria for granting an extension. 

In the midst of violent protests and political uncertainty, Iraq announces highest crude oil production and export levels in over a year.

Crude oil production in the Iraq hit a 13-month high in July at 4.5 million barrels per day (bpd), according to data provided by the Iraqi State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) on 9 August 2018. Crude exports are also at their highest level since January 2017 at 3.9 million bpd, up by 25,000 bpd since last month.

The EITI’s International Management* has been awarded the five-star rating for fully disclosing the sources of its funding, for the second time in a row. 

The accreditation comes from transparify, an organisation that rates the extent to which think tanks and other non-for-profit organisations publicly disclose through their websites where their funding comes from.

Today the international EITI Board agreed that the Republic of Congo has made meaningful progress in implementing the 2016 EITI Standard. The Board noted challenges related to space for civil society and encouraged all stakeholders to work together to improve and preserve the space dialogue and informed public debate.

With rising oil production, the Republic of Congo’s economy remains highly dependent on crude oil production, which accounted for 22% of GDP,