On 8 March 2017, the EITI Board came to the following decision on Tajikistan’s status:
The Board agrees that Tajikistan has made inadequate progress overall in implementing the 2016 EITI Standard. In taking this decision the EITI Board noted the strong commitment by the Government of Tajikistan and the important contributions by civil society to the process. The Board highlighted that although there is a need for improvement in terms of disclosure of information related to the extractive sector, the EITI reporting process has underscored opportunities for reform. The Board was encouraged by the efforts of the government and the EITI Council to act on the recommendations from EITI reports to strengthen management of the extractive sector, including efforts to establish a publicly accessible cadastre, ensure mandatory disclosure of beneficial ownership and improve tax collection systems.
The Board’s determination of Tajikistan’s progress with the EITI’s requirements is outlined in the assessment card, below. The EITI Board agreed that Tajikistan had not made satisfactory progress on requirements 1.2, 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.9, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1 and 7.4. The major areas of concern relate to industry engagement (#1.2), civil society engagement (#1.3), license allocations (#2.2), license registers (#2.3), state participation (#2.6), including SOE transactions (#4.5) and quasi-fiscal expenditures (#6.2), production data (#3.2) and export data (#3.3), comprehensiveness (#4.1), in-kind revenues (#4.2), barter arrangements (#4.3), data quality and assurance (#4.9), social expenditures (#6.1), public debate (#7.1) and the documentation of impact (#7.4). The EITI Board disagreed with the validator on the following requirements: government engagement (#1.1), export data (#3.3) and in-kind revenues (#4.2).
In accordance with requirement 8.3.c.iii, the EITI Board agreed that Tajikistan will be suspended and will need to take corrective actions outlined below. Progress with the corrective actions will be assessed in a second Validation commencing on 8 September 2018. Failure to achieve meaningful progress with considerable improvements across several individual requirements in the second Validation will result in delisting in accordance with the EITI Standard. In accordance with the EITI Standard, the Tajikistan EITI Council may request an extension of this timeframe, or request that Validation commences earlier than scheduled.
The Board’s decision followed a Validation that commenced on 1 July 2016. In accordance with the 2016 EITI Standard, an initial assessment was undertaken by the International Secretariat. The findings were reviewed an Independent Validator, who submitted a Validation Report to the EITI Board. Tajikistan’s EITI Council were invited to comment throughout the process. The EITI Council’s comments on the report were taken into consideration. The final decision was taken by the EITI Board.