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"Open Data, Build Trust": BMZ attends the eighth Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference

Panelists of the Side Event

28.06.2019 |

The eight Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference took place in Paris on 18-19 June 2019. Under this year’s theme “Open Data, Build Trust”, representatives from governments,  the private sector, and civil society came together to discuss perspectives of a more open access to information on digital and public platforms. The EITI multi-stakeholder approach supported a cross-sectoral dialog and built trust amongst the different actors. The German delegation consisted of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), represented by the Division 412 for Energy, Infrastructure and Raw Materials and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), represented by the Division IVB2 for International Raw Materials Policy,  responsible for the EITI implementation in Germany.

EITI is a global initiative for financial transparency and accountability for revenues generated by the extractive sector. For more than 10 years, Germany, represented by the BMZ, has been the biggest bilateral donor of EITI. Besides the United Kingdom and Norway, Germany is the third member state from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that implements the initiative.

One highlight of the conference was the adoption of the 2019 EITI Standard. The EITI Standard sets forth requirements that guide member countries in their disclosure of payment data and information concerning the legal framework of the extractive sector. Recent changes to the EITI Standard 2019 include the addition of  three thematic focuses, which contribute towards the goals of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development:

1) Environment: This includes the disclosure of environmental levies payed by companies and the disclosure of information by the member states concerning their environmental legal framework.

2) Gender: Future reporting will include the disclosure of employment data disaggregated according to gender. Additionally, multi-stakeholder groups shall take into account gender balance in their member composition.

3) Contract transparency: Henceforth EITI implementing countries are required to disclose all contracts and licenses that are issued, concluded or amended from 1 January 2021 onwards.  

During the conference, Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), was elected as the new chairperson of the EITI Board. She succeeds the former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who carried out his duties since the 2016 Global Conference in Lima. As a chairperson, Helen Clark will head the future board meetings. Germany, as a supporting country, is currently represented by Sören Dengg, Head of Division Energy, Infrastructure, Raw Materials of the BMZ.

The BMZ, through the GIZ-sector program “Extractives for Development”, hosted a well-attended side event on environmental reporting at the Global Conference. This constitutes one of the topics that will gain traction within the initiative due to the new standard. More than half of the EITI implementing countries have already made use of the EITI process in the past years to disclose environmental information in their reports. Eight of these countries, including Germany, Mozambique, Columbia and Armenia, were present at the event to discuss their experiences concerning environmental transparency and the interaction with affected citizens.

The implementation of the EITI in Latin America was the subject of discussion during a second side event hosted by the BMZ through the GIZ regional project for the cooperation of the Andean states. Further, the GIZ-sector program “Extractives for Development”, together with D-EITI and the global programm CONNEX Support Unit held an information stand to provide information on the implementation of EITI in Germany and Germany’s support to partner countries for EITI implementation. CONNEX, as well as a partnership of the German-Ukrainian civil society, funded by Engagement Global, gave pitches on innovative approaches to promote transparency in the extractive industry.

For further information please contact Johannes Lohmeyer or Sun-Min Kim.

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