BAKU, 15 OCTOBER 2009 The Board of the EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative) held its 10th meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on 14-15 October 2009.
On 8 March the Chair of the EITI Board, Peter Eigen, issued the following statement:
On behalf of the Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), the International EITI Secretariat seeks applications from suitably qualified service providers to be accredited to undertake EITI Validation. The EITI sets a global standard for transparency in the extractive industries.
22 EITI Implementing Countries have a Validation deadline of 9 March 2010. Azerbaijan and Liberia have already completed Validation, but the others have just three more months. With this in mind, there has been a surge in Validation activity. Gabon, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia are currently conducting Validation studies.