German contribution to EITI

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The German Government has been promoting the EITI since the initiative was established in the year 2003, above all as part of the international transparency and developmental agenda. Its political, financial and technical support for the initiative comprises:

  • support for around 25 national EITI processes via bilateral and regional BMZ programmes in West Africa, Central Asia and South America: Afghanistan, Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), Central Asia, DR Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mozambique and Sierra Leone;
  • cooperation with Mongolia within the framework of a G7 Fast Track Partnership (FTP) with the objective of increasing extractive industry transparency through a regional approach in Asia;
  • provision of support to more than 500 change agents from 44 countries via training measures provided by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH;
  • contributions to the international EITI Secretariat and the Extractives Global Programmatic Support (EGPS) Multi-Donor Trust Fund (5 donors, World Bank);
  • a total funding volume of over EUR 26 million.

Germany is thus one of the world’s leading EITI supporting countries.

Implementation in Germany

In July 2014, the German Government decided to prepare for the full implementation of the EITI Standard in Germany (D-EITI). This step reflects the commitment of Germany to strengthen developing and emerging countries in the common struggle against corruption and to enhance the transparent management of natural resources across borders, leading to an international level playing field for companies and to better results from the natural resource endowments for the people. The United States of America and the United Kingdom are also EITI candidate countries. Australia, France, Italy and the Netherlands are interested in joining EITI. Norway is already an EITI-compliant country.

For the German extractive industry sector too, the introduction of the internationally successful EITI model will present new opportunities for greater transparency and create a framework for dialogue involving the different interest groups. Germany was officially recognised as an EITI candidate country in February 2016 and published its first EITI report in August 2017. The validation will follow 12 months later.

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