More support needed, DRC civil society says.
The Board recognised the Democratic Republic of Congo as Compliant country at its meeting on 2 July.
Following the designation as full member of the EITI, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) issued a joint press release highlighting their expectations for a sustained political commitment to EITI implementation in the DRC.
See full press release below:
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was declared Compliant with the EITI Requirements on 2 July 2014 during the 27th meeting of the EITI Board that took place in Mexico City from the 1 to 2 July 2014.
Civil society organizations in the DRC involved in natural resource governance (Publish What You Pay coalition, “Réseau Ressources Naturelles”, « Plate-forme des Organisations de la Société Civile Intervenant dans le Secteur Minier ») congratulate all parties (government, private sector, civil society) who made it possible for the DRC to attain this significant step in the implementation of the EITI.
Even though some of their points were not always appreciated by everyone, civil society organizations in the DRC congratulate each other for the significant work they did - notably the quarterly evaluation of EITI implementation in the DRC - to ensure that stakeholders remained engaged in moving the EITI process forward.
The DRC’s Compliant status does not imply that the country has suddenly become 100% transparent, but it means that a significant step has been made towards transparency. Compliance does not mean that the country’s natural resources are currently managed in a perfect manner, it rather means that the country possesses a basic and effective governance arrangement that encourages public debate about the governance of the extractive industries.
With the DRC’s Compliant status, the work to be done remains important as the challenges facing the sector are enormous. Civil society will be much more attentive and will ensure that it adequately addresses challenges, particularly those facing the mining sector (the sale of GECAMINE’s assets, questions raised by the Swiss organization “Pain pour le Prochain”, the embezzlement of public funds derived from the exploitation of minerals, mining and customs fraud, civil society’s investigation in to the mining investments of Tenke Fungurume Mining and Kamoto Copper Company in the DRC).
Civil society organizations call on the government of the DRC to provide the Executive Committee with all the financial and material support it will need to continue to improve the quality of the EITI process and to improve the governance of the extractive industries.
Civil society organizations also call on the Congolese judiciary and parliament to support the efforts of the EITI to encourage the government to take necessary measures to strengthen the transparent governance of the extractive industries and to promote a transparent allocation of revenues generated from the extractives sector.
Kinshasa, 09 July 2014
For the Coalition Publish What You Pay /DRC
Me Jean Claude KATENDE (National Coordinator)
For the « Réseau Ressources Naturelles »
Mr. Joseph BOBIA (National Coordinator)
For the « Plateforme des Organisations de la Société Civile Intervenant dans le Secteur Minier »
Mr. IBOND RUPAS (Coordinator)