Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative visiting Berlin

EITI Boardmeeting 2018 negotiations

10.07.2018 |

The international transparency community met in Berlin from 27th - 29th June for the 40th Board Meeting of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). With prominent speakers, heated debates and exciting side events, the event has been a complete success. The BMZ supports the EITI since its foundation in 2002 through regional and bilateral GIZ projects as well as contributions to the international governance structure of the initiative. For GIZ the sector program Extractives and Development (X4D) on behalf of the BMZ as well as the CONNEX Support Unit were present at the EITI meeting in Berlin.

In addition to the traditional discussions regarding the further strategic direction of the initiative, over 120 participants had the opportunity to visit numerous side events during the three days. On the very first day, BMZ and the GIZ Sector Program Extractives and Development kicked off the Board Meeting with the side event “Shrinking spaces, shrinking transparency?”. Keynote speaker Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International and co-founder of EITI, and Daniel Kaufmann, president of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) welcomed the participants to an exciting discussion on the particularly important role of civil society regarding transparency in the resource sector. They were supported by Publish What You Pay, NRGI and MSI Integrity. The participants of the side event agreed that EITI creates space for civil society in those countries, where it has been inconceivable before.

On the second day, the X4D Sector Program organized a second side event entitled “Blockchain technologies in the extractive industries”. With NRGI and New York University`s GovLab the sector program had two international experts to discuss about innovative blockchain solutions in multi-stakeholder partnerships. The end of a successful second day was celebrated at an evening reception at which both Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, Member of the German Parliament, PSTS at the BMZ, and Oliver Wittke, PSTS at the BMWi and special representative of the Federal Government for the implementation of EITI in Germany, welcomed the entire EITI community in Berlin.

The third and last day ended with the spontaneous visit of the Federal Minister of Economics, Peter Altmaier, who acknowledged the tireless commitment of the EITI. Furthermore, the members of the board paid their tribute to Jonas Moberg, who resigned from his position as head of the international secretariat. Mr. Moberg has been managing director of the EITI International Secretariat since the founding of EITI, and shaped and developed the initiative for more than a decade.

Last but not least good news came from the Netherlands, which have been supporting the EITI for years and will now also implement the initiative. The Netherlands rank alongside Germany and the UK in the list of European EITI countries, which set an example of transparency, combating corruption and recognize the importance of EITI to the extractive sector. More great news came from our partner countries Ukraine and Colombia, who – with the support of GIZ – achieved great success in their validation against the EITI standard.

The Extractive and Development Sector Program advises BMZ regarding technical and strategic positioning of the Federal Government in the international EITI committees and supports the foreign projects in implementing EITI locally. Since 2007, the sector program also advises the Lebanese Petroleum Administration on the national EITI process.

For further information please contact Sophie Girke.

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