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Featured Blog Posts – February 2017 Archive (23)

Watchdog Urged Freeport to Respect Indonesia Regulation

The deadlock of renegotiation between Government of Indonesia and PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) to reach an agreement regarding the adjustment toward Indonesia regulations (2009 Mining Law), particularly on the export permit of concentrate, the switch of Contract of Work (KK) into Special Mining Permit (IUPK), provision of tax (prevailing vs nail down), and divestment provision, will be likely settled through dispute settlement mechanism in the International…

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Added by Publish What You Pay Indonesia on February 28, 2017 at 7:25 — No Comments

First Symposium of the MIT Metals & Minerals for the Environment program

The first Metals & Minerals for the Environment Symposium will take place on May 11-12, 2017 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA. It will showcase the latest cutting edge research and technology in development at MIT, along with a chance for in-depth discussions between industry leaders and the scientific community. This event is by invitation only to selected CEOs, Chief Technical Officers, Chief…

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Added by Suzanne Greene on February 27, 2017 at 19:55 — No Comments

Why in post war Eastern DRC some people refer to mining companies as NGO's

It's not uncommon for staff of mining or exploration companies operating in Eastern DRC to get asked: what does your NGO do?  

Reasons for this odd question are both ignorance and a generalization based on similarities people have noted. For some NGO is a new phrase for company/Société because NGO's were the first formal job providers outside government they started seeing in their areas following the collapse of DRC's economy in the early 1990's. Many NGO's came during the war (1997…

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Added by Mulya Jules on February 27, 2017 at 11:42 — No Comments

New BOOK on mining policy and civil society !!

Dear GOXIans,

Click on this link to access our new publication dealing with the influence of civil society in mining policies in Latin America in seven countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay). The book is free to download and it is in Spanish.

Looking forward to hear your comments! 

Best Paul

Added by Paul Cisneros on February 22, 2017 at 22:52 — 2 Comments

The Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Draft Methodology has been released for public comment.

Deadline for comments: Friday 24 March 2017.

 

The Responsible Mining Foundation is pleased to announce the release of the Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Draft Methodology for public comment. The full-length Draft Methodology report is available in English. Summary versions are also available…

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Added by Pierre De Pasquale on February 22, 2017 at 11:44 — 4 Comments

New publication on anti-corruption in community development schemes in the mining sector

The U4 Anti-Corruption Center is pleased to announce that it has just published a new research report on how to prevent corruption in community development initiatives in the mining sector. The publication, authored by Dr. Michael Nest, analyses patterns of corruption and corruption risks related to community mineral beneficiation schemes (CMBSs) that distribute benefits funded by mineral revenues to communities. It argues a key flaw in these materials is that they lose sight of the…

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Added by Kendra Dupuy on February 21, 2017 at 9:51 — No Comments

The political economy of natural resources in Latin America: two panels on resource rents, politics and development

Governments, extractive companies and communities in regions that extract non-renewable resources in Latin America have endured the effects of the end of the last commodity-boom since mid-2014. Some governments and communities have taken seriously the challenge of finding alternative sources of production and income, as extractive companies reduced or suspended their investments and the resource revenues declined significantly. Others are still hopeful of the return of higher prices,…

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Added by Juan D. Gutiérrez-Rodríguez on February 20, 2017 at 17:16 — No Comments

A recap of local content related discussion at African Mining Indaba 2017

Many GOXI members were in Cape Town last week for the big Investing in African Mining Indaba, held at the Cape Town International Convention Center. Building on the momentum of past Indaba events, the need for economic diversification, as well as local content were frequent topics of discussion in many of the sessions. Below is a list of four sessions with a particularly high degree of attention to local content, including links to relevant reports and resources.

If you…

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Added by Jeff Geipel on February 17, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

New ranking of Arctic oil, gas and mining companies on indigenous rights

A newly developed ranking evaluates the public commitments, formalized procedures and institutional arrangements of resource-extraction companies for handling indigenous rights in the Arctic. The purpose of the ranking is to support norm formation and to contribute to improving the performance of companies on indigenous rights by highlighting which companies have made a public commitment to indigenous rights, and to what extent.

The ranking covers 92 oil, gas and mining companies…

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Added by Emma Wilson on February 17, 2017 at 12:01 — No Comments

For public comment: Mapping the Oil & Gas Industry to the SDGs

Dear Colleagues,

 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and IPIECA (the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues) have released for public comment a draft report: …

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Added by Casper Sonesson on February 13, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

Calling Government of Indonesia to Select National Oil Company's CEO in Transparent Manner

Civil society coalition for energy and extractive industry governance reform, Publish What You Pay Indonesia, urged the government to select Pertamina’s President Director in transparent, credible, and independent manner. It’s to ensure the continuity of oil and gas governance reform in order to ensure energy security as well as encourage Pertamina to become a world-class oil and gas company.

 

Fabby Tumiwa, Director of Institute for Essential Service Reform said that it’s…

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Added by Publish What You Pay Indonesia on February 13, 2017 at 12:11 — No Comments

New paper on Tanzania's petroleum sector

Click through for a new working paper on Tanzania's petroleum sector. 

Myself and Danish Institute of International Studies' researcher Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen survey progress in the sector, and note significant regulatory advances in relations to other countries in the region. But we also highlight some of the challenges in developing natural gas finds while institutions are still in development. 

Added by Peter Bofin on February 13, 2017 at 11:31 — No Comments

UN E-Government Survey Report released

With regard to transparency of UN Member countries, the GOXI members may be interested to take a look at the UN E-Government Survey 2016 on “E-Government in Support of Sustainable Development” . The survey offers a snapshot of trends in the development of e-government in countries across the globe. Unfortunately EITI progress is not listed or covered in this report. Perhaps an idea to make sure EITI is covered in the 2017 survey questions. 

The survey report and link to…

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Added by Daan Boom on February 8, 2017 at 2:58 — No Comments

How to manage revenues from extractives? There’s a book for that!

  Offshore oil and rig platform. Photo: © curraheeshutter / Shutterstock.



Countries with large nonrenewable resources can benefit significantly from them, but reliance on revenues from these sources poses major challenges for policy makers. If you are a senior ministry of finance official in a resource-rich country, what are the challenges that you would face and…

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Added by Håvard Halland on February 8, 2017 at 1:26 — No Comments

Open consultation on how civil society should organise its engagement in the EITI

*Please note: the deadline has been extended to the 3rd of March 2017*

The EITI is a multi-stakeholder initiative made up of three constituencies: civil society, extractive companies and governments. Each constituency is equally involved in the decision making process of the EITI, both at the international level through the Board and at the national level through multi-stakeholder groups. On the international Board, civil society has five seats who are currently filled by five…

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Added by Asmara Klein on February 7, 2017 at 16:00 — 3 Comments

The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) Needs Watching

The Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Mining Company (ZCDC) is currently mining diamonds in Marange albeit on a small scale given that there remains legal contestation over the consolidation process itself. Companies including Anjin, Jinan and Mbada have challenged the consolidation at the Courts.

What is of interest is that ZCDC intends to conduct riverbed gold mining in Gache Gache River on the…

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Added by Gilbert Makore on February 7, 2017 at 13:12 — 1 Comment

New Graduate Certificate in Global Energy, Development, & Sustainability at the University of Houston

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The University of Houston has a new graduate certificate for those interested in Global Energy, Development, and Sustainability. We run courses throughout the year or a condensed Executive course in May that last 3 weeks, everyday. Contact me, Rebecca…

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Added by Rebecca L Golden on February 7, 2017 at 3:03 — No Comments

23 Mining operations closed in the Philippines

The new environment secretary of the Philippines Regina Lopez is serious on her promise last year to follow a policy path to ensure responsible and sustainable mining for the country and in particular protect the communities affected by mining operations. Last Thursday Mrs. Lopez announced an order for the closure of 23 mines, mainly for ruining watershed areas and “indiscriminate mining.” “It…

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Added by Daan Boom on February 7, 2017 at 2:24 — 3 Comments

Trump Takes Aim At Dodd-Frank, Investor Protections Rule In Executive Action

Along with the appointment of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, what will this attack on Dodd-Frank mean for medium- to long-term transparency and accountability in the extractive industries? 

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/03/513224023/trump-to-take-aim-at-dodd-frank-investor-protections-rule-in-executive-action

Added by Audrey Cash on February 4, 2017 at 16:24 — No Comments

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