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Madagascar EITI points to lost revenues due to mineral smuggling

Madagascar EITI points to lost revenues due to mineral smuggling

New extractive activities contribute to Malagasy economy, yet millions worth of gold are exported illegally every year.…
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Added by EITI on February 11, 2015 at 16:54 — No Comments

Australian Mining Experts Visit ASMAN.

From left back row:Robin Evans, Nii Adjetey-Kofi Mensah, middle row: Seibik bugri, Yirenkye-Antwi, Front: Kwaku Treveh, Dr Gondwe and Godwin Amarh. 

Leading Small Scale Miners have called on government and other stakeholders to put in place…

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Added by seibik bugri on February 8, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Kenya Launches Online Mining Cadastre System

The Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency William Ruto, formally launched Kenya’s new online mining cadastre portal on 6th Friday 2015.

At a gala function held on the grounds of the Ministry of Mining in Nairobi, H.E. Ruto praised the new Ministry for taking the initiative in launching this new e-Government platform for effective management of Kenya’s mineral resources.

“Today we celebrate a massive reduction in bureaucracy in the Ministry of…

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Added by Bill Feast on February 6, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Guidance for Governments on Managing Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM)

In order to expand on the direction provided by the IGF’s Mining Policy Framework (MPF), IGF members have identified the need for more concrete guidance on managing key issues…

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Added by Arash Irantalab Tehrani on February 5, 2015 at 21:30 — No Comments

Equatorial Guinea and EITI candidacy, slow but steady progress?

Far from the buoyant football stadiums hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, civil society groups gathered in Equatorial Guinea’s main cities, Malabo and Bata, to elect their representatives to the local EITI decision making body. PWYP was present during those unprecedented elections and reports back.

The morning was long – and sweaty. The civil society activists that gathered that Saturday to elect their representatives had the privilege of being hosted by the Delegation of the Ministry…

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Added by Asmara Klein on February 5, 2015 at 18:50 — No Comments

Call for papers: OGEL special issue on International Taxation in the Energy Sector

Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (www.ogel.org) invites submissions for a special issue on "International Taxation in the Energy Sector". The guest editor for this special issue will be Dr. Knut Olsen of Dr. K. Olsen Global Tax Consultants.

It is ten years since the last special OGEL issue on taxation was published. Since then, there…

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Added by OGEL Journal on February 5, 2015 at 13:05 — No Comments

Jumping in the deep end

Jumping in the deep end
What the conflict around the Letpadaungtaung mine taught me about the EITI’s core mission.…
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Added by EITI on February 3, 2015 at 17:01 — No Comments

Ten consequences of low commodity prices for resource-rich countries

Dear Goxians,

Please find linked below a Financial Times Beyond BRICs blog post written by NRGI authors. It outlines ten consequences for resource-rich countries of the current weakness in commodity prices. Please feel free to share with your networks and on social media, comment on the FT or GOXI site, and get in touch with Thomas Lassourd (tlassourd@resourcegovernance.org) or David Manley (…

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Added by Thomas Lassourd on February 4, 2015 at 21:04 — No Comments

Reminder: March 2015 Course on Managing Impacts, Johannesburg

Register Now for Training on Managing Community Impacts

 GOXI event link: http://goxi.org/events/certificate-programme-in-community-relations-practice-in-the-5

If you're dealing with issues such as...

  • Resettlement
  • Artisanal and small-scale mining
  • Land acquisition
  • Local employment and…
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Added by Synergy Global on February 4, 2015 at 9:41 — No Comments

"After Us, the Deluge": Oil Windfalls, State Elites and the Elusive Quest for Economic Diversification in Azerbaijan

Despite the officially stated goal of economic diversification and the billions of petrodollars in government expenditure, Azerbaijan has made slow progress achieving non-oil growth and remains heavily dependent on oil revenues. Why have Azerbaijan’s efforts to reduce dependence on energy export revenue not borne fruit? Two factors seem crucial. First, various public investment projects, mostly on infrastructure, implemented under the banner of diversification were actually exploited…

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Added by Farid Guliyev on February 3, 2015 at 16:54 — No Comments

Trinidad and Tobago EITI Compliant

Ms. Clare Short, EITI Chair, on 27th January 2015 announced in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, that the country had been accorded EITI Compliant Country status by the EITI Board from 23 January 2015. Trinidad and Tobago became an EITI member on 1st March 2011 and has published two EITI Reports for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 (www.tteiti.org.tt).

Victor Hart, Chair TTEITI Steering Committee. 

Added by Victor Hart on February 2, 2015 at 22:07 — 1 Comment

Much left to do on mining transparency in DR Congo

Three Congolese NGOs, with the support of the Carter Center's mining programme, have just released an in-depth analysis of transparency in the country's mining sector. A team of researchers selected 17 mining projects and tried to access information on every aspect of these projects - tax, social, environmental, ownerships, contracts etc.

The results show that despite DRC much vaunted decision to publish all mining contracts, in reality dozens of these documents remain unpublished.…

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Added by Colin Robertson on February 2, 2015 at 13:43 — No Comments

Cameroon mining sector is evolving

Cameroon mining sector is evolving

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Added by EITI on February 2, 2015 at 12:56 — No Comments

Weekly GOXI: January 30, 2015



A weekly digest of activity on GOXI

A new ICMM report shows that, of the 35 countries most dependent on mining, all but Australia and Korea are developing countries. The report also notes that "the…

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Added by GOXI on January 31, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Togo: EITI Report highlights some key priorities for the new mining code

Togo: EITI Report highlights some key priorities for the new mining code…

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Added by EITI on February 2, 2015 at 12:45 — No Comments

Oil increases revenues in Niger

Oil increases revenues in Niger

With plummeting commodity…
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Added by EITI on January 30, 2015 at 13:43 — No Comments

Nigeria's Election: A Referendum on Resource Governance? By Dauda Garuba

Oil is the lifeblood of modern economy. The discourse about how oil has made or marred the destinies of nations is intrinsically linked to its governance. Sadly, the Nigerian face of that discourse is located in the epitaph of the “resource curse” – a paradox under which countries that are rich in natural resources such as oil, gas and minerals experience less economic growth and poorer development outcomes compared to those without natural resources. Proposals for solving this paradox…

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Added by Dauda Garuba on January 29, 2015 at 22:00 — No Comments

OGEL 1 (2015) - Natural Gas Developments: An International and Challenging Legal Framework

The first issue of 2015 is our special on "Natural Gas Developments: An International and Challenging Legal Framework". Historically natural gas was not always a welcomed discovery. This has now changed and where the natural gas deposits are significant enough to justify investments, the deposits are welcome. However, the regulatory and contractual treatment of natural gas typically differs from that of oil. This special is going to explore some of these differences.

OGEL 1…

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Added by OGEL Journal on January 28, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Burkina Faso’s EITI Report raises questions about bidding process under former regime

Burkina Faso’s EITI Report raises questions about bidding process under former regime

The signature bonuses paid were not foreseen in the fiscal code.

Despite…

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Added by EITI on January 27, 2015 at 13:39 — No Comments

Mining makes a large – and growing – contribution to emerging economies

A new ICMM report provides a comprehensive picture of how important mining is to economies across the world, with evidence that the mining and metals industry makes its most significant contribution in the most impoverished regions of the world.

The role of mining in national economies builds an understanding of the scope, scale, impact and potential of the industry to spur growth and development. Using ICMM’s original…

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Added by ICMM on January 26, 2015 at 18:52 — No Comments

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