Civil Society, its role in Extractive Industry Transparency

Civil Society, its role in Extractive Industry Transparency

On February 11-12, 2019, the EITI National Secretariat participated in a workshop on “Civil Society, its role in the Extractive Industry Transparency”, organized by the Albanian Center for Development and Integration (part of MSG – EITI) , in cooperation with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO, the Swiss Embassy in Tirana.

Mr. Ardit Kamberi, Head of the EITI National Secretariat, in his speech praised the civil society role as essential in promoting Transparency in the Extractive Industry, in order to promote public debate on natural resources good management and country sustainable economic development.

Mr. Lluka Gjergo, Coordinator at the EITI National Secretariat, presented the Principles of the Transparency Process and the EITI International Standards Requirements.

Representatives of the Albanian Center for Development and Integration, as well as other representatives of CSO and media, focused on the discussion as: Civil Society Involvement Program in the Natural Resources Utilization Process and EITI Activity in Albania; Royalty and local communities; Fiscal Regime and revenue management; Community Rights in Social and Environmental Matters; Beneficial Ownerships; The CSOs Code of Conduct  in the EITI process; Obligations of entities and companies using natural resources, etc.

On the second day of the event, after training the CS representatives, it is planned to be organize the Election Process of representatives of civil society organizations as new members of MSG-EITI, in order to address Corrective Actions 1.3 and 1.4 as and in accordance with the EITI International Standard Procedures.