Anglophones and Lusophones walking the walk to reveal who stands behind companies

Nine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) implementing countries in the Anglophone and Lusophone region of Africa met in Abuja in early November to plan for the implementation of beneficial ownership (BO) disclosures. At the center of the discussion was the painstaking process of planning how to reveal who stands behind oil, gas and mining companies. Ben Mellor, the UK DFID country representative to Nigeria,

Taking the lead on disclosures

The EITI Global Conference in Paris on 18-19 June will showcase emerging best practices in EITI implementation from 52 countries. Ghana has all the building blocks needed to lead Africa in systematically disclosing EITI data.

In March, Ghana EITI (GHEITI) convened a workshop to explore the future of EITI implementation, shifting the focus from publishing EITI Reports to encouraging the systematic disclosure of information by companies and government agencies.

The EITI’s quiet revolution

On the eve of the 42nd EITI Board Meeting in Kyiv, EITI Ukraine hosted a roundtable on the EITI’s transition from a focus on EITI reporting toward encouraging systematic disclosure

quiet revolution is taking place within the EITI. Since its early years, multi-stakeholder groups were established in each EITI implementing country with the aim of collecting information from companies and government agencies and publishing this data in EITI Reports.

Afghanistan’s Transparency Portal – a window on mining and oil projects

On 25 November 2018, journalists, civil society members and senior government officials gather at the government media information centre in Kabul. National TV is broadcasting, live streaming on media channels is under way. Hon. Minister of Mines and Petroleum Nargis Nehan takes the floor. What’s the commotion about? 

It is about a major step on the road towards systematic disclosure of extractives data taken by the Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) that launched the 

How Indonesia is paving the way for more open disclosure of extractive industries data

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, abounds in natural resources. In 2016, its oil, gas and mining activities contributed 7% of total government revenues. Access to the internet is becoming more widespread across the 17,000 island archipelago nation, providing a cost-efficient way to make extractives data accessible to communities near oil, gas and mining projects. Sub-national transfers of extractive revenues amounted to USD 1.6 billion in 2016,

Norway tests out new approach to stakeholder engagement

First EITI country to systematically disclose all information required by the Standard holds first annual meeting on extractive industry revenues.

Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) is hosting the country’s first annual stakeholder meeting on petroleum activities on 23 October in Oslo, following extensive national discussions on how to structure stakeholder engagement.

Dealing with asystematic disclosures: the evolving role of NEITI

Nigeria EITI’s (NEITI) stakeholder workshop held in Abuja in May confirmed the trend towards disclosure by governments and companies, rather than through data collected by a third party. Transparency is becoming more automatic and widespread in Nigeria’s extractive extractives sector. This has implications for NEITI’s role.

In January 2017 the EITI Board recognised Nigeria’s role as a pioneer of extractive sector transparency.

The EITI inspires a culture of transparency: Does Kazakhstan need to publish standalone EITI reports anymore?

Kazakhstan has implemented the EITI for ten years, and is seen as a flagship for natural resource transparency in the region. EITI reports have significantly enhanced information in the extractive sector, disclosing disaggregated revenue data and data on social investments, local content, production, exports, etc. Most of this information was not available to the public before.