Denmark becomes an EITI Supporting country

On 23 October the Danish NGO IBIS organised the conference “Extractive Industries: Unleashing Economic Potentials – Respecting People and Environment” which launched the Danish Publish What You Pay coalition. At the conference Mr Ib Petersen, Danish State Secretary for Development Policy, urged resource-rich countries to implement the EITI and announced Danish support for the EITI

G20 leaders express their support of participation in the EITI

In the statement from the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, the Group of 20 leaders expressed their support of the EITI. The G20 leaders see disclosure of payments and revenues as one way to strengthen support for the most vulnerable and to contribute to reducing poverty. In the Leaders' Statement, the world leaders state that they “support voluntary participation in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative,

G8 calls for countries and companies to adhere to the EITI

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.

Switzerland joins group of EITI supporting countries

The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) made it known on 8 June  that Switzerland will support the EITI with a $3 million (SFr3,27 million) contribution to the EITI Multi Donor Trust Fond. In a statement, Seco said “Switzerland wishes to boost its involvement in internationally coordinated efforts to promote transparency in mining and oil and gas and support the worldwide fight against corruption". On the eve of the "Extracting Natural Resources,