sharing in governance of extractive industries
The equation ‘transparency leads to development in countries rich in natural resources’ is difficult to demonstrate. However, what has been clearly demonstrated is that transparency (and its associated processes such as the EITI) has facilitated access to government and private sector actors for civil society organizations, to discuss not only transparency of payments but the developmental impacts of extractive resources. This comment is regularly made by members of PWYP in Africa. Compared to the opacity of the 90s and early 2000s, this is already a significant step.
What remains is to consolidate the agenda of transparency by opening the contracts, the licenses, etc., and use the MSGs as real spaces to discuss relevant issues posed by the extractive sector.
Ousmane Deme, PWYP-Canada
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