On 8 March 2017, the EITI Board came to the following decision on Mauritania’s status:
The Board agrees that Mauritania has made meaningful progress overall in implementing the 2016 EITI Standard. In taking this decision the EITI Board commended the efforts of the Mauritanian EITI National Committee (MSG) to play a proactive role in the national natural resource governance debate and to follow up on recommendations from the EITI reporting process. The EITI Board also noted the MSG’s active engagement with stakeholders such as the Prime Minister’s Office to actively follow up on EITI recommendations, as well as the efforts to go beyond the EITI’s requirements on bringing transparency to other sectors such as fisheries. The EITI Board highlighted that the EITI has provided a positive platform for driving reforms in the mining, oil and gas sector as well as public finance management. The EITI Board was encouraged by the government’s efforts to make government systems more transparent and accountable and urged the MSG to work towards further mainstreaming EITI disclosures.
The Board’s determination of Mauritania’s progress with the EITI’s requirements is outlined in the assessment card, below. The EITI Board agreed that Mauritania had not made satisfactory progress on requirements 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 4.1, 4.9, 5.1, 5.2 and 7.4. The major areas of concern relate to MSG governance (#1.4), workplan (#1.5), license allocations (#2.2), license registers (#2.3), contract disclosure (#2.4), state participation (#2.6), comprehensiveness (#4.1), data quality (#4.9), revenue management and expenditure (#5.1), subnational transfers (#5.2) and review of outcomes and impact (#7.4). The EITI Board disagreed with the validator on the following requirements: civil society engagement (#1.3), barter and infrastructure agreements (#4.3), subnational transfers (#5.2), social expenditures (#6.1), quasi-fiscal expenditures (#6.2) and contribution to the economy (#6.3).
Accordingly, the EITI Board agreed that Mauritania will need to take corrective actions outlined below. Progress with the corrective actions will be assessed in a second validation commencing on 8 September 2018. Failure to achieve meaningful progress with considerable improvements across several individual requirements in the second Validation will result in suspension in accordance with the EITI Standard. In accordance with the EITI Standard, the MSG may request an extension of this timeframe, or request that Validation commences earlier than scheduled.
The Board’s decision followed a Validation that commenced on 1 July 2016. In accordance with the 2016 EITI Standard, an initial assessment was undertaken by the International Secretariat. The findings were reviewed an Independent Validator, who submitted a Validation Report to the EITI Board. Mauritania’s MSG was invited to comment throughout the process. The MSG’s comments on the report were taken into consideration. The final decision was taken by the EITI Board.