Stakeholders, experts and practitioners will be discussing EITI implementation at the sub-national level (Regional, Municipal governments) on May 12th in Washington DC. Transparency in the flows and uses of resources from extractive industries accruing to sub-national governments is key to ensure mineral wealth translates to development and reduction of poverty. Regional and local administrations face challenges similar to central governments. The EITI can be an effective tool in facing those challenges.
With the deadline for EITI Validation in implementing countries now less than a year away for most countries, National Coordinators will be gathering on May 13-14th to share experiences and ideas on EITI implementation. Agenda focuses on Validation, best practices in reporting, effective communication and overcoming potential challenges that could hinder the completion of Validation, including finance, political support, and stakeholder collaboration.
Training for government officials and other stakeholders about the EITI is essential for success of the initiative. In 2009, three training seminars have been scheduled for stakeholders in EITI implementing countries, including countries that have recently joined like Tanzania or are seeking to do so like Mozambique. These seminars will take place in Berlin, Germany (6-8 May); West Africa (3-5 June Douala, Cameroon); and East Africa (15-17 June Dar es Salaam). The seminars are closed events.
Doing business in developing countries, oil, gas and mining companies face a harsh environment. Widespread corruption and armed conflicts affect returns while the population of many resource rich countries does not benefit from the riches of these natural resources. However, a new global initiative, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is paving the way out of the resource trap with a simple proposition: more transparency.
2009 Event Series – Doing business in conflict affected environments: from building the peace to building the private sector
Peace and economic growth and closely related. How can policy makers maximize the impact of private sector for both peace and development? More information about the event here
Diana Klein, Peace Building Issues Programme, International Alert
Andrew Bone, Head, International Relations, De Beers
Simon Maxwell, Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute
The conferene is organised by Danida/Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark; IBIS; Amnesty International Denmark; Transparency International Denmark; and Publish What You Pay Norway.
The objective of the conference is to discuss what Danish and international actors from governments, private sector and civil society can do to unleash the economic potentials in extractive industries through mobilising revenues and combat tax evasion while respecting human rights and promoting CSR.
The meeting will focus on the progress on validation of the EITI Candidate Countries. The Board will also visit the Sangachal Terminal (one of the largest oil and gas facilities in the world).
For more details on the meeting, please contact Leah Krogsund firstname.lastname@example.org.