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Twenty-four EITI African countries deepen their commitments to practical steps on beneficial ownership disclosure

Key conference facts

2.5 days

250+ participants

30+ countries 

40+ organisations

60+ experts

10 technical sessions

The Opening up Ownership Africa conference was the largest gathering of beneficial ownership transparency practitioners yet. 

Conference co-host and keynote speaker, President…

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Added by EITI on November 7, 2018 at 8:31 — No Comments

EITI Board recognises Papua New Guinea’s achievements in improving natural resource governance

Papua New Guinea achieves meaningful progress in EITI implementation, but further institutional reforms are necessary.

At its meeting in Dakar on 30 October 2018, the EITI Board decided that Papua New Guinea (PNG) has made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI Standard. The Board recognised PNG’s efforts in implementing reforms to address weaknesses in government systems and in improving the level of transparency on state participation in the country’s extractive…

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Added by EITI on November 7, 2018 at 8:29 — No Comments

EITI Board recognises Papua New Guinea’s achievements in improving natural resource governance

Papua New Guinea achieves meaningful progress in EITI implementation, but further institutional reforms are necessary.

At its meeting in Dakar on 30 October 2018, the EITI Board decided that Papua New Guinea (PNG) has made meaningful progress in implementing the EITI Standard. The Board recognised PNG’s efforts in implementing reforms to address weaknesses in government systems and in improving the level of transparency on state participation in the country’s extractive…

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Added by EITI on November 7, 2018 at 8:29 — No Comments

EITI week in Dakar: Highlights of the Board meeting

The EITI Board members and around 100 stakeholders gathered in Dakar for the 41stEITI Board meeting, ahead of 250 participants attending the three-day Opening Up Ownership: Africa conference on beneficial ownership, co-hosted by the EITI and the Government of Senegal.

Senegal – new resource-rich country on the block 

“In Senegal,…

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Added by EITI on November 7, 2018 at 8:27 — No Comments

EITI Board Appoints Mark Robinson as new Executive Director

OSLO, Oct. 15, 2018 – The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (EITI) Board today announced that Mark Robinson has been named executive director of the EITI. Currently the global director of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Governance Center, he will assume his position at the end of November 2018.

“Mark Robinson is a widely respected figure in the international development community, spanning the worlds of policy-making, research and philanthropy,” said Chair of the…

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Added by EITI on October 16, 2018 at 9:44 — No Comments

'We’re seeing enormous changes in the contract transparency landscape'

Rob works as a governance officer for NRGI, where he leads organisational advocacy and research on contract transparency and manages the use of the Natural Resource Charter as a tool to structure analysis and dialogue. He is a co-author of the Natural Resource Charter Benchmarking Framework.



We spoke with Rob on the sidelines of the EITI’s gathering of key partner organisations, dedicated to discussing priorities for strengthening extractive industry governance,…

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Added by EITI on October 10, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Iraq: citizens in oil producing regions demand a bigger share of revenues

In the midst of violent protests and political uncertainty, Iraq announces highest crude oil production and export levels in over a year.

Crude oil production in the Iraq hit a 13-month high in July at 4.5 million barrels per day (bpd), according to data provided by the Iraqi State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) on 9…

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Added by EITI on September 3, 2018 at 12:00 — No Comments

Malawi's journey to full contract transparency

Writen by Rachel Etter-Phoya

The Government of Malawi formally committed to disclose all oil, gas and mining contracts in December 2015 at a Malawi EITI stakeholders meeting in Lilongwe. At the meeting, the then Principal Secretary Ben Botolo responsible for mining said that all contracts were already available upon request at the…

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Added by EITI on August 28, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Improving community oversight of local development through contract transparency

Creating a level playing field for all companies in Mali

The Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Mali coalition and the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) have made numerous calls for the publication of mining contracts. They are doing this because publication of contracts will help improve the monitoring of revenues received by local government and ensure that companies comply with their social and environmental commitments. Studies by both PWYP and the OAG show that a formalised…

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Added by EITI on August 2, 2018 at 12:03 — No Comments

Address by EITI Chair Fredrik Reinfeldt on contract transparency

The below is based on a speech given by Fredrik Reinfeldt, Chair of the EITI, at the EITI Board meeting side event on contract transparency in Berlin June 2018. 

In 2013, the EITI Standard started to encourage contracts to be disclosed. Contracts, it is worth reminding ourselves, are legal documents that governments enter into on behalf of their people. Experience has shown that in many cases, in particular in countries…

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Added by EITI on June 29, 2018 at 13:57 — No Comments

The Netherlands joins the EITI

The EITI Board today approved the Netherlands’ application to join the EITI.

The Netherlands has been closely involved with the EITI since its inception, and has now made the transition to being both a ‘supporting’ and ‘implementing’ country.

The Netherlands’ admission to the EITI is timely, as it faces changing circumstances in its gas sector. The Groningen gas field in the north-east was discovered in 1959, and is one of the largest gas fields in the world. The…

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Added by EITI on June 29, 2018 at 13:49 — No Comments

Colombia is first country in the Americas to reach the highest level of progress in implementing the EITI Standard

EITI-Colombia has published verified revenue information, shone a light on revenue distribution to regions and started to tackle challenges in environmental regulations.

Colombia was assessed today as the first country in the Americas to meet all the requirements of the EITI Standard. The EITI Board reached that decision in its meeting in Berlin today. The Board found that Colombia had demonstrated satisfactory progress in all requirements of the EITI Standard.

Fredrik…

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Added by EITI on June 29, 2018 at 13:47 — No Comments

Q&A with Rio Tinto

Q&A with Rio Tinto: the first mining company to adopt contract transparency policy

Mining giant Rio Tinto was the first major mining companies to announce that they will support the public disclosure by countries of their mining contracts and licenses. By coming out in favour of contract transparency, the company is joining ranks with Total, as well as smaller oil companies Kosmos Energy and Tullow Oil. In a statement, EITI Chair, Fredrik Reinfeldt “welcomed…

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Added by EITI on June 27, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments

Opening up ownership in Indonesia

Written by Gay Ordenes 

While preparing for the Beneficial Ownership Global Conference that the EITI organised with the government of Indonesia in Jakarta last year, I witnessed how the discussion on ownership transparency started to gain traction. The Panama leaks had sparked a global debate on ownership transparency, Indonesia was due for its …

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Added by EITI on June 15, 2018 at 14:58 — No Comments

UK Oil and Gas – negative government revenue but rosy future

North Sea production and revenues rise for the first time in three years

The United Kingdom is the world’s 22nd largest producer of oil and gas. In addition, it produces small amounts of coal, industrial materials such as kaolin and potash, and construction materials. Overall, the extractives sector contributed a gross value-added of almost USD 30 bn to the UK economy in 2016. According to the UK Office for National Statistics, 35,500 people are directly employed in the…

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Added by EITI on June 10, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

NEITI calls for a joint effort to avoid mistakes from the past

As oil prices reach 2014 levels, Nigerians wonder whether they are better placed to take advantage of future commodity booms.

The fall in commodity prices impeded growth in African countries, decelerating the pace of economic expansion in the continent to levels not seen since 2009. Higher oil prices are expected to provide some respite,…

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Added by EITI on June 6, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Trinidad and Tobago EITI exposes gaps in revenue collection systems

The 2016 report confirms Trinidad and Tobago’s sharp decline in extractives revenues and draws attention to areas of concern including unpaid transfer licenses fees, unpaid payments from quarries, weak auditing practices in companies and government agencies, and poor production data.

Decline in revenues stresses the need for optimal revenue collection

On 11 May, Trinidad and Tobago (T&T)’s EITI published its …

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Added by EITI on June 5, 2018 at 10:40 — No Comments

Albania: Facts over rumours in the extractives

Establishing an evidence-based approach to reforms, in a land where rumours are rife.

In Albania, citizens are unaware of how much extractive companies have been paying and contributing to local communities.

EITI reporting revealed local government units (LGUs) have often not been receiving their statutory share of royalties. In the past, the transfer of 25% of royalties to LGUs was contingent on LGUs receiving 120% of their budgeted local taxes. This was nearly…

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Added by EITI on June 1, 2018 at 9:28 — No Comments

Improving Community Participation in Natural Resource Governance

Written by Tina Pimentel

In the Philippines, communities can be involved in developing social and community programs with extractive companies' support, such as the construction of schools, hospitals and roads. Communities are then involved in monitoring the terms of contracts and…

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Added by EITI on May 28, 2018 at 13:11 — No Comments

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