The Central African Republic (CAR) has confirmed its determination to complete EITI Validation by November 2010, and tackle the challenges of managing an entirely informal mining sector. In bilateral meetings with the EITI International Secretariat, the President of the Republic François Bozizé, the Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadéra, and the Minister of State and Mines Sylvain Ndoutingaï, all reiterated their full commitment to the EITI.
PARIS, 2 March 2011 – The Central African Republic, The Kyrgyz Republic, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, and Yemen have achieved Compliance with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the global standard for improved transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors. The EITI Board designated them as ‘EITI Compliant’ at their meeting today in Paris, bringing the total number of EITI Compliant countries up to 11. In addition,
Mining revenues in CAR almost doubled between 2008 and 2010, but remain a small part of government income.
The Board concluded that the EITI Principles and Criteria could not be adhered to in the current situation.
The 5th EITI Global Conference in Paris was launched today with around 900 participants arriving the conference today. Participants included Presidents Otunbayeva (Kyrgyz Republic), Kikwete (Tanzania), and Guebuza (Mozambique), as well as CEOs, ministers and civil society leaders from around the world.
Former EITI Chair, Peter Eigen, set the tone of the day by highlighting the growing attention being focused on transparency and good governance issues in the extractives sector.
Finding a direct relationship between the EITI and CPI ranking is challenging, but the general trend is still positive.
Fourteen countries are meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, for a week of training and peer learning. Chair Fredrik Reinfeldt joined the participants on the first day of the training to discuss the impact the EITI is having in their countries. Please see the programme attached below.
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