During the 8th EITI Global Conference held in France from 17 to 19 June the names of three winning countries for the 2019 EITI Chair Awards Armenia being one of them. According to the www.eiti.am website, Armenia, Colombia and Zambia received awards as a recognition of leadership, determination and resourcefulness in implementing the EITI. The new standard of the EITI for 2019 was adopted in the conference and the annual international report of the EITI was published. The most essential changes of the standards for 2019 are as follows:
1. Transparency of contracts: the EITI standard for 2019 requires revelation of the contracts sighed after 1 January 2021.
2. Environment; Environment. The environmental impact of the extractive industries is a focal point of public debate. The 2019 EITI Standard has reiterated that the EITI should cover material environmental payments by companies to governments, and encourage disclosures of contextual information related to environmental monitoring.
3. Gender. The 2019 Standard requires MSGs to consider gender balance in their representation and disclose employment data by company, gender and occupational level. It also addresses gender considerations in the dissemination of EITI data, and encourages MSGs to document how they have taken gender considerations and inclusiveness into account.
4. Mainstreaming transparency. The 2019 EITI Standard continues to shift the focus from publishing EITI Reports toward encouraging systematic disclosure, opening up new opportunities for MSG discussion and oversight. The Global Conference is showcasing progress in this area.
It should be mentioned there are 52 countries there are currently 52 countries having joined the EITI as of 17 June 2019.
This material has been prepared within “Mining-Impacted Communities – Full Participants in EITI Process'” project implemented by EcoLur with the USAID support within the frames of “Engaged Citizenry for Responsible Governance” project implemented by Transparency International Anticorruption Center.
This article is made possible by the generous support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this article are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
13:42 July 02, 2019