The Africa EITI Conference on Beneficial Ownership Transparency had a powerful opening on Wednesday 31 October, with speeches from HE Macky Sall, President of Senegal and HE Julius Maada Bio, President of Sierra Leone, as well as other high-level government officials. The range of the parallel session topics varied from illicit financial flows to politically exposed persons.
The EITI Board members and around 100 stakeholders gathered in Dakar for the 41st EITI Board meeting, ahead of 250 participants attending the three-day Opening Up Ownership: Africa conference on beneficial ownership, co-hosted by the EITI and the Government of Senegal.
Senegal – new resource-rich country on the block
Papua New Guinea achieves meaningful progress in EITI implementation, but further institutional reforms are necessary.
At its meeting in Dakar on 30 October 2018, the EITI Board decided that Papua New Guinea (PNG) has made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI Standard. The Board recognised PNG’s efforts in implementing reforms to address weaknesses in government systems and in improving the level of transparency on state participation in the country’s extractive industries.
Key conference facts2.5 days250+ participants30+ countries 40+ organisations60+ experts10 technical sessions
The Opening up Ownership Africa conference was the largest gathering of beneficial ownership transparency practitioners yet.
Conference co-host and keynote speaker, President of Senegal, HE Macky Sall started by highlighting action on past commitments