The President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, reiterated the French support of the EITI during his visit to Niger on 27 March. At an EITI roundtable meeting, Niger and France confirmed their commitment to the EITI criteria for transparency as a guiding principle for their long term trade relations. At the roundtable (reported by AFP) EITI Chair Peter Eigen underlined how the meeting displayed the importance of the multi-stakeholder partnerships that make the EITI work, bringing together government,
When the G8 leaders met in L’Aquila in Italy 8 July, they confirmed their support of the EITI, and promised to intensify G8 countries’ efforts to promote Validation by all EITI implementing countries. The G8 has expressed its support of the EITI at its summits since the G8 Summit in Evian in 2003. This year, the G8 leaders call for other developing and emerging countries and companies to adhere to the EITI.