Message from the Head of Secretariat

In this 2017 EITI Progress Report we give a snapshot of where the EITI is at the beginning of 2017. Our aim is to provide a window on the 42 EITI Reports that were published in 2016, which collectively disclosed about USD 320 billion of taxes and royalties.
 
We have tried to give as many examples of good implementation as possible and how transparency has been used to hold governments and companies to account. We have put particular focus on beneficial ownership disclosure, on what the 44 national beneficial ownership roadmaps so far tell us and on what challenges lie ahead when countries move from commitments to action. This report also shows how information has become available on contract transparency, subnational payments, the artisanal and small-scale mining sector, revenue allocation in government budgets, the role of stateowned enterprises in opaque environments, license allocation, mergers and acquisitions and commodity trading transparency. Our members are using the EITI to implement reforms that are vital for reaching our goal – a better-governed sector working for the benefit of all.
 
We have a section in this report dedicated to capturing impact. However, this should not overshadow the fact that the whole of this report is about communicating the impact the EITI is saving in many of our 51 countries. EITI implementation also faces many challenges and I hope that we reflect them as well.
 
Mongolia, Nigeria, Peru and Timor-Leste have now been assessed as having made meaningful progress in implementing the 2016 EITI Standard and 17 Validations will be carried out in 2017.
 
Validation, the EITI’s quality assurance system, has continued to evolve. I hope that we have now landed on a model that tests whether the EITI Standard has been met that encourages countries to go beyond and that identifies the impact that the EITI is having.
 
Some 1400 people serve on EITI national commissions and every week thousands of people are involved in implementation. We have also had a new Board since early 2016. We thank all these people for their continuing contribution to the enormous challenge of improving extractive governance and implementation in order to make the EITI an ever sharper, more mainstreamed, more relevant and more influential tool.
 
In 2017, we count on you to analyse the data, contribute to public debate and hold your leaders accountable so that the EITI’s work can lead to further reforms aimed at improving extractive sector governance.
 
Jonas Moberg
Head of the EITI International Secretariat
Oslo 8 February 2017