Timor-Leste's President José Ramos-Horta called EITI “a cornerstone of our institutional framework to ensure transparency” in his opening speech to the EITI Asia-Pacific conference. He also expressed hope that Timor-Leste’s Transparency Portal would serve as a tool to further increase transparency and improve public service delivery.
Implementers from 11 countries met to share experiences from their EITI.
The EITI Secretariat monitors on a daily basis global media for mentions of the EITI. Below are some of the articles from the past month that the EITI Secretariat has picked up.
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 Government of Timor-Leste published its first EITI Report today, covering financial data for 2008. The President, H.E Ramos Horta, the Secretary of State for Natural Resource, H.E. Alfredo Pires launched the report at an event in Dili.
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.