France

France supports various initiatives in the area of good governance in the natural resource sector, including

EITI: France has been supporting the EITI since 2005. It hosted the 5th EITI Conference in Paris in March 2011.

Contract negotiation support: France supports the African Legal Support Facility of the African Development Bank, and the African Sustainable Extractive Industries of the World Bank, which aim at strengthening the capacity of developing countries in negotiating complex contract, particularly in the field of mining and oil & gas.

Summer school on EI governance: France is collaborating with Revenue Watch Institute  and the Center for Excellence in Extractive Industries Governance in Francophone Africa, at the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé (Cameroon) in a summer school programme on extractive industries governance for CSO representatives, members of parliaments, and journalists.

G8 Extractives Partnerships: France supports Burkina Faso on behalf of the G8 in the implementation of a fast-track partnership on extractive industries transparency, which aims at extending transparency to the whole extractive industries value chain and building on Burkina Faso’s EITI compliance achievement.

Artisanal mining and Fair Trade Gold: France supports a three-year project on “Fair Trade Gold and Mercury Use Reduction in Gold Mining in West Africa (Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal)” implemented by UNIDO.

NEPAD: France provides technical assistance to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development in the field of extractive industries governance.

France developed a Strategic Guideline on Mineral Resources and Development in Africa (2008).

- France is an observer country of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development.

Support to EITI Implementing Countries:

France support civil society organisations active in national EITI processes in Africa. Between 2009 and 2012, it provided direct support to CSOs participating in national EITI process in several African countries. France is currently collaborating with Publish What You Pay and Revenue Watch Institute to develop the capacity of CSOs, members of parliaments, and journalists so that they can engage fully in EITI-related processes.

Other relevant information

France is currently transposing the new EU Accounting and Transparency Directives into national law. This EU mandatory disclosure will complement EITI efforts by legally requiring companies registered or listed in the EU to disclose payments to governments along the same line as EITI. Its ultimate objective is to contribute to the strengthening of EITI and to extend its scope to all resource-rich countries.

France is also committed to implement the EITI Standard and has begun preparing for EITI candidature.

In 2013 France contributed 200 000 USD to the EITI-Multi Donor Trust Fund managed by the World Bank. This adds to 1.6 million USD provided by France since 2007.

Contact

Dylan GELARD:  dylan.gelard@diplomatie.gouv.fr