Niger's EITI report was launched amidst drawn-out uranium contract negotiations.
On 28 November, Niger became an oil producer with the opening of a refinery in Zinder. The refinery has the capacity to pump 20,000 barrels a day and will produce liquefied petroleum gas, petrol and gas-oil.
On 28 September 2009, the members of civil society have decided to return to work with the EITI national committee in Niger. This decision follows the provisional release of Marou Amadou and Wada Maman, two civil society members in Niger.
BERLIN, 16 APRIL 2010. The Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the international standard for improved transparency in countries’ natural resource sector, met in Berlin 15-16 April. The Board discussed the request of 17 of the 32 countries currently implementing the EITI to extend their deadline for completing EITI Validation.
The civil society representatives of the multi-stakeholder group in Niger suspended on 16 August their participation in the EITI process until further notice.
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.