Our member countries’ experience with implementing the EITI, as well as lessons learned from Validation, have indicated that there is room to improve and clarify the EITI Requirements. The EITI Board therefore agreed to establish a multi-stakeholder working group that was mandated to propose improvements to the Requirements.
The working group’s 13 proposalsare outlined belowand will be discussed at the EITI Board meeting in Kyiv on 26-28 February. Based on feedback from implementing countries, the suggested changes focus mostly on encouraging disclosures based on emerging practices. Agreement has been reached within the working group on many of these. The proposals also seek to clarify what information is required by the EITI Standard, in areas where the language is not sufficiently clear. Some proposals draw from extensive work conducted by thematic working groups convened by the EITI on systematic disclosures, state-owned enterprises and commodity trading.
The Implementation Committee will present these proposals to the Board in Kyiv. In parallel to the working group’s activities, the International Secretariat facilitated a consultation process with representatives from implementing countries, the results of which have been compiled here. The International Secretariat has conveyed the comments submitted by implementing countries representatives so far to Board members and taken care to address the comments.
It is of great importance that the views of our implementing countries are accurately and comprehensively reflected in these proposals. While representatives from your countries have participated in the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Board representativesto ensure that any comments you may have to the proposed changes are presented at the discussions in Kyiv.
After the Kyiv Board meeting, the Implementation Committee will oversee the finalisation of the draft paper on clarifications and changes to the EITI Requirements, which is expected to be approved by Board circular in April 2019 at the latest. The 2019 EITI Standard will be launched at the Global Conference in Paris on 18-19 June at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. Details of the conference are set out in the National Secretariat Circular sent earlier this week.
1. Introductory message from Mark
2. Proposed clarifications and changes to the EITI Requirements
The 13 proposals under consideration by the EITI Board are listed below. An overview is also available here, including reference documents and feedback from implementing countries received to date.
To convey any further comments to theEITI Board membersrepresenting implementing countries, please share these with the International Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Indra Thévoz, Policy and Country Officer at the International Secretariat (email@example.com) by Friday 22 February.
Contribution to the economy
Encouraging MSGs to consider gender balance in representation; encouraging disclosure of employment figures by project, role and gender; and encouraging gender considerations in dissemination of EITI data.
2. State-owned enterprises (SOEs)
Transactions related to state-owned enterprises
Clarifications to definition of SOEs and quasi-fiscal expenditures, coverage of transfers related to joint ventures and subsidiaries, and loan details to be disclosed; expecting SOEs to disclose financial statements; and encouraging further disclosures on operations and governance.
3. Licensing transparency
Clarification that Requirement 2.2 covers contracts and license allocations and encouraged strengthened disclosures
4. Contract transparency
Clarifications for fiscal regime to cover the types of contracts, and what constitutes a ‘policy’ on contract disclosure. Further options for 2.4.a.:
a) Requiring contracts to be made public with deadline for implementation
b) Requiring contracts signed after a deadline to be made public
c) Moving towards an expectation that contracts should be made public
d) No change to Requirement 2.4.a ahead of the Global Conference
5. Production and export data
Encouraging disclosures of production and exports by company and project
6. Systematic disclosures
Requirement 4.1 Comprehensive disclosure of taxes and revenues
EITI Requirement 4.9
Data quality and assurance
Shifting emphasis to comprehensive and reliable disclosures by reporting entities rather than reconciliation
7. Commodity trading
Sale of the state’s share of production of other revenues collected in kind.
Clarifying the scope of the requirement; encouraging disclosures of buyer selection; Encouraging disclosures by buying companies
8. Project-level reporting
Level of disaggregation
Aligning the definition of project with the definition in the EU and accounting directives and approach in EITI guidance
9. Subnational transfers
Encouraging further disclosures of management of subnational transfers
10. Environmental reporting
New provisions encouraging disclosures
Proposals yet to be agreed:
a) Revising Requirement 6.1 to cover environmental expenditures
b) Encouraging disclosures of contextual information related to environmental monitoring
c) Encouraging links to existing disclosures on climate risks
d) No changes to the EITI Requirements, scaling up guidance and support
11. Open data efforts
Clarification of distinction between requirements on public debate and open data; clarification on requirement to disclose standardised EITI summary data
12. Impact and outcomes from EITI implementation
Discrepancies and recommendations from EITI Reports
Review the outcomes and impact of EITI implementation
Encouraging MSGs to consider recommendations in EITI reporting; providing more flexibility for how MSGs choose to assess progress
13. Consequences related to compliance and deadlines for implementing countries
Requirement 8.3.c.i on consequences for non-compliance with Requirements related to stakeholder engagement
Clarification that implementing countries must achieve meaningful progress or beyond on stakeholder engagement to avoid suspension; Adding a category for ‘outstanding’ progress; clarification that suspension is temporary
3. Implementing countries Board members
The EITI Board includes six representatives from EITI implementing countries, as well as six alternates. Their names and titles are listed below.
Olga Brielkova, Member of Parliament, Deputy Head of the Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety, Ukraine
Ruslan Baimishev, Alternate, Director of Subsoil Use Department, Ministry for Investments and Development, Republic of Kazakhstan
Representing South-East Asia
Montty Girianna, Deputy Coordinating Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, Chairman of the EITI National Committee, Indonesia
Maria Teresa S. Habitan, Alternate, Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance, Philippines – Co-Chair of the Implementation Committee of the EITI Board
Representing Anglophone Africa
Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Acting Federal Minister of Finance, Nigeria
José Fernandes Rosa Cardoso, Alternate, National Coordinator, São Tomé e Principe
Representing Francophone West Africa
Didier Vincent Kokou Agbemadon, National Coordinator, Togo
Mankeur Ndiaye, Alternate, Chair of the EITI National Committee, Senegal
Representing Francophone Central Africa and Madagascar
Agnès Solange Ondigui Owona, National Coordinator, Cameroon
Marie-Thérèse Holenn Agnong, Alternate, Ad interim National Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo
Representing Latin America and the Caribbean
Victor Hart, Chair of the EITI National Committee, Trinidad and Tobago
Carolina Rojas Hayes, Alternate, Vice Minister of Mines, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Republic of Colombia
For any comments, please contact the International Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Indra Thévoz, Policy and Country Officer at the International Secretariat (email@example.com) by Friday 22 February.
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