24 Jun EITI Global Conference – Paris 2019
From 17 to 19 June, in Paris, the 2019 EITI Global Conference took place and with a very large participation of over 1,000 representatives from 98 different countries, which is a global EITI International Forum under the “Open Data Build Trust “.
Albania was represented at the global EITI event by a delegation composed of the MSG and the Albanian National Secretariat Alb-EITI, representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, representatives of the Civil Society and Business of IN, and representatives of the OSCE Mission in Albania.
On the first day of the event, was held an official meeting of National Coordinators, where the new format of the 2019 EITI Standard was introduced, including improvements such as: Environmental Impact Reporting, State Enterprise Transactions; Transparency of Contracts; Gender Balance in EITI Processes; as well as Disaggregated Contracts Reporting.
On June 17, the 43rd meeting of the EITI International Board took place and where was formalized the new composition of the International Board, under the chairmanship of Ms. Helen Clarck.
During the meeting of the EITI International Board, the positive results of the second international Validation process for Albania’s progress in April 2019 were also highlighted.
At the sessions of the Global Conference held on June 18-19, discussed and spoke the Heads of State, Ministers and senior governors of many EITI member countries, representatives of International Institutions, World Bank; OECD; Leader of the EITI International– mr. Mark Robinson Executive Director; representatives of global Businesses of the Hydrocarbon, Mining and Energy sectors (BP, Total SA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Rio Tinto, Anglo American Plc, Tullow Oil, Ford, International Council of Mining and Metals Freeport-McMoRan Inc. etc.), representatives of Civil Society – Publish What You Pay, as well as with a very extensive presence and coverage from many international media.
The main topics of the discussions and the words in the Event Sessions consisted of: The current EITI agenda in function of world trends in the function of increasing public trust, transparency, information and the fight against corruption and informality; EITI’s achievements from the Lima Conference to the Paris Conference and improvements to the 2019 EITI International Standard; Open Data and Open Government to provide up-to-date information and access to public decision-making by strengthening government systems and public debate; Business Benefits from Strengthening the Transparency Climate in the Extractive Industries Sectors; Civil Society Positioning in the First Line of EITI International Activity; Social, Environmental and Local Impact of Extractive Industries; How can Transparency help the mobilization of natural resources of countries; Transparency of 2021 Contracts; as well as Commodity Trading and Transparency of SOE Transactions.
The Albanian delegation was an active part of the Global Conference sessions, highlighting the achievements of Alb-EITI at the stand dedicated to Albania; in interactive presentations organized for 38 member states, as well as in multilateral and bilateral meetings.
In the meetings realized with the EITI Deputy International General Director -z. Eddie Rich; Coordinators for Albania – ms. Oliana Valigura; Members of the EITI International Board; with representatives of the EITI Ukraine Secretariat, was discussed and highlighted by mr. Ardit Kamberi the achievements and challenges of the Transparency process in the use of natural resources of Albania, with emphasis on the main current objectives such as Transparency for Beneficial Ownership (BO), Commodity Trading / SOE; Corrective Actions from Validation, International Coordination, Capacity Building and Empowering the Civil Society Role, as well as the Environmental and Local Impact of the Extractive Industry.
The 2019 EITI Global Conference, Paris, once again evidently reflected the enormous importance of the implementation and promotion of Transparency in the Extractive Industries sectors as one of the most efficient and guaranteed mechanisms for maximizing public benefit from natural resources and identifying EITI as a very efficient international co-operation and co-ordination platform for combating corruption and informality, as well as improving government systems in the function of natural resources well-management.