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UK-based extractive company reports on payments to governments / paiements aux gouvernements / informes de pago a los gobiernos

Publish What You Pay UK’s short practical multilingual guide to accessing 90 UK-based extractive companies’ payments to governments reports is available now in English, …

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Added by Miles Litvinoff on June 26, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

Launch of PWYP's EITI guide for Civil society

On 21 June 2018 Publish What You Pay is launching a new guide for civil society organisations: Achieving Integrity in Oil, Gas and Mining - Leveraging the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative for reform in oil, gas and mining governance”.

This…

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Added by Publish What You Pay on June 21, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Mutoko Warms Up To Africa Mining Vision

Concerned that the community in Mutoko is unhinged from the main economic activity in their locality, black granite mining, Mutoko Rural District Council (MRDC) supported by The Civic Forum on Human Development (CFHD), Silveira House and Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) organised a district alternative mining indaba. The indaba was held at Nyamakwere hotel, Mutoko centre from 13 to 15 June 2018.

Participants comprised of mining affected communities, Community Based…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on June 18, 2018 at 18:02 — No Comments

Africa's Taxing Matters: Why Resource Rich Countries Must Up Their Game

Africa Progress Panel report puts it simply: ''If Africa is so resource-rich, why are its people not better educated, its children well-nourished and its adults longer-lived?'' The decades old question remains spot-on today as yesterday.

Africa’s subsoil is rich enormously and will remain so, at least for some years to come. It host an estimated 30 percent of the world’s mineral reserves, and even greater share of key precious and base metals including diamond and platinum[1]. Over 9…

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Added by charles akong on June 16, 2018 at 20:00 — No Comments

UK Oil and Gas – negative government revenue but rosy future

North Sea production and revenues rise for the first time in three years

The United Kingdom is the world’s 22nd largest producer of oil and gas. In addition, it produces small amounts of coal, industrial materials such as kaolin and potash, and construction materials. Overall, the extractives sector contributed a gross value-added of almost USD 30 bn to the UK economy in 2016. According to the UK Office for National Statistics, 35,500 people are directly employed in the…

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Added by EITI on June 10, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Opening up ownership in Indonesia

Written by Gay Ordenes 

While preparing for the Beneficial Ownership Global Conference that the EITI organised with the government of Indonesia in Jakarta last year, I witnessed how the discussion on ownership transparency started to gain traction. The Panama leaks had sparked a global debate on ownership transparency, Indonesia was due for its …

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Added by EITI on June 15, 2018 at 14:58 — No Comments

How Good are Sovereign Wealth Funds at Investing Money Made from Natural Resources?

Governments around the world held about USD 3.7 trillion in oil, gas and mineral wealth in sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) at the end of 2016. There are many reasons why they have saved so much money. Some, like the…

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Added by Andrew Bauer on June 14, 2018 at 0:00 — No Comments

Can Petronia Avoid the Resource Curse? It’s All Up to You in a New Interactive Online Course

NRGI is proud to announce the arrival of Petronia, an interactive online course unlike any other in the resource governance field, where learners can “play” at influencing resource governance outcomes in a simulated context.

More than any other NRGI…

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Added by Max Brett on June 12, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Should We Cebrate Govt-Zimplats Platinum Deal or Worry?

On 6 June 2018, Zimbabwe Platinum Mines (Zimplats) publicly announced that it has amicable resolved a six-year long dispute with government which was seeking to compulsorily acquire part of its mining claims measuring 27,948 hectares. This dispute was pending in the courts of Zimbabwe.

Consequently, Zimplats…

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Added by Mukasiri Sibanda on June 10, 2018 at 11:25 — No Comments

The Power of Partnership

Partnership and collaboration are often used interchangeably, but they really mean different things. Collaboration is simply working together, while partnership infers a closer, less transactional engagement between the parties—although, in most instances, this relationship is not strictly defined.

It is not just semantics: ever since the …

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Added by IGF Secretariat on June 8, 2018 at 18:01 — No Comments

Stockholm Dialogue On the Nexus between Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, and Conflict Prevention

Background

The 2030 Agenda asks the global community to respond to a wide range of complex and multidimensional development challenges. This requires a paradigm shift supported by all actors, including governments, the UN System, business, and civil society, to work towards more “integrated approaches” that go beyond sectoral and thematic silo-thinking.

There is a need, however, to better understand what constitutes an “integrated approach”; how these can be…

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Added by Jasmin Blessing on June 6, 2018 at 19:57 — No Comments

Rwanda surpasses mineral export revenue target by 55% for FY 2017/2018

By Stephen Nuwagira

Rwanda mining sector brought in $373 million (Rwf324.5 billion) export revenue this fiscal year, surpassing the $240 million projection set by Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board by 55%, figures indicate. This was an increase from $166 million (Rwf144.4 billion) the country earned from mineral exports in the previous year; the country shipped out 7,000 tonnes of minerals during 2017.

According to Francis Gatare, the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board…

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Added by Nuwagira Stephen on June 5, 2018 at 19:00 — No Comments

Trinidad and Tobago EITI exposes gaps in revenue collection systems

The 2016 report confirms Trinidad and Tobago’s sharp decline in extractives revenues and draws attention to areas of concern including unpaid transfer licenses fees, unpaid payments from quarries, weak auditing practices in companies and government agencies, and poor production data.

Decline in revenues stresses the need for optimal revenue collection

On 11 May, Trinidad and Tobago (T&T)’s EITI published its …

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Added by EITI on June 5, 2018 at 10:40 — No Comments

Albania: Facts over rumours in the extractives

Establishing an evidence-based approach to reforms, in a land where rumours are rife.

In Albania, citizens are unaware of how much extractive companies have been paying and contributing to local communities.

EITI reporting revealed local government units (LGUs) have often not been receiving their statutory share of royalties. In the past, the transfer of 25% of royalties to LGUs was contingent on LGUs receiving 120% of their budgeted local taxes. This was nearly…

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Added by EITI on June 1, 2018 at 9:28 — No Comments

Launch of New Conflict & Extractives Topic Overview and Online Library

Conflict and Extractives

In many cases, the exploitation of natural resources has contributed to the emergence, funding or prolonging of conflict, not only imposing…

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Added by Sarah Daitch on May 31, 2018 at 20:40 — 1 Comment

What Is the Licence to Operate?

Over the past decades, stakeholders have increasingly insisted that organisations, both public and private, produce goods and services complying with  international expectations and standards regarding human rights, as well as environmental and climate protection. It is not enough for organisations to be efficiently run. They must do good as well.

This has brought with it a complication. Businesses, and indeed governments, have spread their presence across the world…

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Added by Alexandra Truchot on May 31, 2018 at 15:48 — No Comments

After Babel, a New Common Language Emerges

Malawi’s low March to Reform Mining Industry. The goal is to avoid past mistakes



Now old and frail, Mr. and Mrs. Mwalwimba are in their late 70s. They have lived all their lives in Mwabulambo a rural community in Malawi’s Northern District of Karonga. This is where their parents and ancestors lived and are buried. This is also where some of their children still live.



The Mwalwimba family has two houses built with burnt bricks, cement floors and roofed with iron sheets.… Continue

Added by Winston Mwale on May 29, 2018 at 9:13 — No Comments

Privacy on GOXI, what you need to know as a member

When you sign up for GOXI, you join a Community of Practice of professionals such as yourself, interested in governance of extractive industries. As such, the GOXI team tries to make it easy for members to connect and interact. We also strive to protect your privacy and make our community a safe space where knowledge exchange can flourish.

As many of you know several data protection laws and regulations are being…

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Added by Norma Garza on May 26, 2018 at 0:41 — No Comments

Jonas Moberg to step down as the Executive Director of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Jonas is the first Executive Director of the EITI. He established the EITI International Secretariat in Oslo. The International Secretariat supports the implementation of the EITI across the world. Prior to the EITI, governments and companies did not regularly disclose revenues. Since its inception, USD 2.4 trillion has been disclosed by EITI countries along with other information about the governance of the whole extractives sector in over 50 countries.

Fredrik Reinfeldt,…

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Added by EITI on May 23, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

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