Azerbaijan released its 11th EITI report on 14 December 2009. Uniquely among EITI implementing countries, Azerbaijan issues annual and semi annual reports that are available at the website of Azerbaijan's State Oil Fund. The 11th report covers the period Jan-Jun 2009.
As we approach half-way through 2010, it is proving to be as momentous for the EITI as expected. Although most of the 22 first EITI countries did not complete the validation of their EITI processes by their deadlines, eyes are now turned towards those granted short extensions to complete by September.
On 3 June 2008, the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan announced the release of the Government's eighth EITI report (Jan-Dec 2007). The release is accompanied by the Aggregator's opinion based on individual submissions of extractive industry companies participating in the EITI process in Azerbaijan.
EITI will hold its 10th Board meeting in Baku 14-15 October 2009. The Government of Azerbaijan, the first country to complete EITI validation, will host the meeting.
The first day of the EITI conference got off to a busy start with nearly 400 participants in attendance. During the 7th EITI International Board meeting held, the Board discussed whether to accept Azerbaijan as the first EITI Compliant country and the approval of Tanzania as a Candidate country.
The 4th EITI Global Conference ended on a high note with a large number of new endorsements and commitments. During the final session of the EITI conference all stakeholders were invited to address the assembly. A number of EITI candidate countries re-affirmed their commitment to implementing the EITI. H.E.