Albania, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Zambia have now become EITI Candidate countries. This was announced by the EITI Board at its meeting in Washington DC. With these four new countries, 30 countries are now implementing the EITI, further bolstering EITI as the standard for transparent management of revenues from the oil, gas and mining sectors.
Azerbaijan was accepted as EITI Compliant - the first country to have passed an EITI Validation, the EITI quality assurance mechanism to assess whether the country has met the requirements in the EITI standard; Tanzania became the 26th EITI Candidate country (with Norway, as the first OECD country to implement the EITI,
The 4th EITI Global Conference in Doha, Qatar, on 16-18 February marked an historic moment for the EITI, with over 500 participants from 80 countries, 70 speakers, and with countless meetings taking place on the sidelines. The Conference marked the EITI's transformation from a start-up initiative to a global transparency standard. Furthermore, Azerbaijan has become the first country to achieve Compliant status.
At the EITI Conference in Doha, the winners of the EITI Chairman's Awards 2009 were announced. The recipients of the 2009 Awards have all shown leadership in establishing resource transparency since the last EITI Conference. They were presented on Tuesday, 16 February at the EITI Chairman's Awards Dinner sponsored by ExxonMobil and Total. The winners were multi-stakeholder groups in Liberia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
The first day of the EITI conference got off to a busy start with nearly 400 participants in attendance. During the 7th EITI International Board meeting held, the Board discussed whether to accept Azerbaijan as the first EITI Compliant country and the approval of Tanzania as a Candidate country.
The EITI Board agreed to admit Tanzania as an EITI Candidate country.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf launched Liberia's first EITI Report covering the period 1 July 2007 - 30 June 2008 on 9 February. Liberia becomes the 11th EITI reporting country and the first to include forestry in their report. In her launch statement, the President referred to the efforts to pass a LEITI Act to oblige all relevant parties to comply with EITI reporting requirements. In attendance was the whole LEITI multi-stakeholder committee, several Cabinet Ministers, and the US Ambassador.
On 12 December 2008, the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan announced the release of the Government's 9th EITI report (Jan-June 2008). The release is accompanied by the Aggregator's opinion based on individual submissions of extractive industry companies participating in the EITI process in Azerbaijan. The press release and reports are available here
The 8th report was released 3 June.
[img_assist|nid=517|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=149|height=150]The EITI Secretariat and the African Development Bank co-hosted a Mediterranean EITI Roundtable in Tunis 25-26 November, chaired by Peter Eigen and addressed by AFDB President, Donald Kaberuka. It provided a platform for senior government and company representatives from North African countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Sudan) to meet with Northern partners (France, Italy, Spain, Norway).
EITI Mediterranean Roundtable Co-hosted by Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, and Peter Eigen, Chairman of the EITI
The Roundtable will bring together government and company representatives from the Mediterranean’s Southern (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, plus Sudan) and Northern (Spain, France, Italy, plus Norway) neighbours to discuss the growing demands for corporate social responsibility and transparency in the extractive industries,