[img_assist|nid=258|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=120|height=150]2007 has in many ways been a seminal year for EITI. 2007 saw the EITI transfer its secretariat from being hosted by the British Government to Oslo, transforming EITI to a truly independent multi-stakeholder governance standard. At the Conference in Oslo in October 2006, the EITI International Board was constituted and marked the end of the initial design, pilot and test phase of the EITI. Now, one year on,
Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International and Chairman of the EITI, received the prestigious Gustav-Heinemann Citizen Award 2007 of the German Social Democratic Party on 17 December 2007. The award is given yearly to individuals or organisations that have made significant contributions towards a free and just society.
In his speech, former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, praised Eigen’s anti-corruption work and referred to him as a “global citizen” who served the world.
[img_assist|nid=292|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=150|height=105]European and African leaders met in Lisbon in 8-9 December 2007 for the Africa-EU Summit. In the Action Plan 2008-2010 that was decided, Europe and Africa commits to continue to promote the EITI.
The Action Plan states that it is a strategic priority to:
US Lawmakers heard from extractive industry experts at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, 25 October 2007 to discuss the debilitating impacts of the “resource curse” and policy measures that the US Congress can adopt to address it. PWYP USA has issued a report from this hearing, enclosed here.
In an Op-ed in the Jakarta Post 29 November, EITI Chairman Peter Eigen writes that joining EITI would be a natural fit to Indonesian President Yudhoyono's ambitious reform agenda. Also, the Initiative would in important areas stand to gain from Indonesia's joining.
Extractive industries need more transparency
News about the now 15 EITI Candidate countries, EITI Validation and the launch of the EITI International Secretariat.
Board meeting in Oslo: 15 countries are now EITI Candidate Countries Progress on the indeterminate countries Validation Update News Updates EITI Chairman and Indonesian President meet in Jakarta EITI Chairman successfully pushes EITI agenda at the Club of Madrid Launch of EITI Secretariat New EITI website launches
Asia Times, 20 November 2007, Andrew Symon:Not enough oil troubles Cambodia's waters
Now, apparently to subdue its critics, the [Cambodian] government says it might join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a recently established international mechanism with a secretariat in Oslo, Norway, which brings governments and companies together to promote good governance over natural resource-generated revenues.
[img_assist|nid=257|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=150|height=63]At the 2007 G8 Summit in Heiligendamm the Heads of State and Government welcomed the proposal of the German government to host an international conference on Transparency in the Extractive Sector. The German Federal Government will hold this conference in Berlin on 14 December 2007.
The report from the regional EITI workshop held in Chad on August 24-25 2007, is now available.