Events

Training for government officials and other stakeholders about the EITI is essential for success of the initiative. In 2009, three training seminars have been scheduled for stakeholders in EITI implementing countries, including countries that have recently joined like Tanzania or are seeking to do so like Mozambique.

These seminars will take place in Berlin, Germany (6-8 May); West Africa (3-5 June Douala, Cameroon); and East Africa (15-17 June Dar es Salaam). The seminars are closed events.

Training for government officials and other stakeholders about the EITI is essential for success of the initiative. In 2009, three training seminars have been scheduled for stakeholders in EITI implementing countries, including countries that have recently joined like Tanzania or are seeking to do so like Mozambique. These seminars will take place in Berlin, Germany (6-8 May); West Africa (3-5 June Douala, Cameroon); and East Africa (15-17 June Dar es Salaam). The seminars are closed events.

With the deadline for EITI Validation in implementing countries now less than a year away for most countries, National Coordinators will be gathering on May 13-14th to share experiences and ideas on EITI implementation. Agenda focuses on Validation, best practices in reporting, effective communication and overcoming potential challenges that could hinder the completion of Validation, including finance, political support, and stakeholder collaboration.

Stakeholders, experts and practitioners will be discussing EITI implementation at the sub-national level (Regional, Municipal governments) on May 12th in Washington DC. Transparency in the flows and uses of resources from extractive industries accruing to sub-national governments is key to ensure mineral wealth translates to development and reduction of poverty. Regional and local administrations face challenges similar to central governments. The EITI can be an effective tool in facing those challenges.

For the first time in decades, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have enjoyed high rates of economic growth and rising income levels.

The global financial turmoil and the food and fuel price shock pose serious challenges. But the continent's long-term growth outlook remains positive, holding out the prospect of making decisive headway in reducing poverty.

Extractive Industries Week Improving EI Benefits for the Poor March 3-6, 2009

The World Bank Oil, Gas, and Mining Policy Division (COCPO) is sponsoring EI week to provide an overarching view of the key dynamics shaping extractive industries today amid the global financial crises and extreme volatility of commodities prices.  As part of the Bank's aim to broaden its assistance across the EI value chain - from granting of licenses and contracts to the spending of revenues,

EITI Mediterranean Roundtable Co-hosted by Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, and Peter Eigen, Chairman of the EITI

The Roundtable will bring together government and company representatives from the Mediterranean’s Southern (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, plus Sudan) and Northern (Spain, France, Italy, plus Norway) neighbours to discuss the growing demands for corporate social responsibility and transparency in the extractive industries,

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