UK EITI MSG

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EITI Multi-stakeholder Group – civil society

As the many members and attendees at our meetings know, the UK is a candidate country of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Each candidate country has a multistakeholder group (MSG) which acts as the steering committee for the process of becoming a full member of the EITI. The MSG has 12 full members; 4 each from industry, government and civil society. Miles Litvinoff, who c...

President Buhari?

Readers will be aware that it’s looking like Nigeria will have a change of president. If Mr Buhari is confirmed as the election winner, it’ll be the first time ever that a Nigerian president has lost an election. Clearly, there is still some uncertainty as a few states have yet to declare, but it does seem that there will be pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan to concede defeat and...

Aberdeen University EITI talk

Eric Joyce MP spoke about the EITI to postgraduate students from across the world about the world politics of the EITI at Aberdeen University this week. Scottish oil authority Professor Alexander Kemp was the host. Some present had worked in the industry or for government or NGOs, and most expected to go back to similar work at a higher level once course completion. Margaret Sutherland, Head of th...

Don’t boycott the EITI

The UK’s Observer newspaper carried an extensive news piece on Sunday, 22 March, about the well-known situation in Angola. Next to the story, it carried an opinion piece damning every extractive operator, everywhere, ever. The piece refers to work carried on the DRC by members of this parliamentary group – and which has been claimed by a number of NGOs in spite of the key information ...

Guinean Mining Minister – HE Kerfala Yansane

Guinea’s Minister of State for Mining, Kerfala Yansane, addressed a packed meeting of the parliamentary mining group this week. His keynote address was essentially about investment in the Guinean mining sector. Simandou, for those who know about that sector, was discussed very openly and directly. Eddie Rich, Deputy Head of the EITI, and the minister had a useful exchange about how Guinea ca...

Mining companies will spend more in Africa in 2015

A recent survey of over 100 African mining companies conducted by business consultancy Timetric, shows that most of the firms operating in the continent (65%) plans to spend more this year, particularly in heavy equipment. The respondents also declared they aimed to increase investments in the other three categories mentioned in the study: “equipment parts and components”, “explosives, blas...

Event: Water and Human Rights in Mining

On Monday 20th October The All Party Parliamentary Group on International Mining held a high level industry meeting on Water and Human Rights, with special guest speaker, the Chilean Minister for Mines, the Honourable Aurora Williams. Pauline Latham OBE MP, Chair of the APPG International Mining said: “It has become increasingly clear that access to water is becoming an increasingly important i...

UK House of Commons report on international mining.

On the 28th October the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee published its long-awaited report into the extractive industries: ‘Extractive industries play an increasing role in the UK economy but more must be done to improve the social and environmental performance, transparency and reputation of UK-registered mining companies…’  Download the f...

UK becomes EITI candidate country.

This week, the UK became a candidate country of the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The UK was instrumental in setting up the EITI and Rt Hon Claire Short is it’s chair. The APPG on International Mining has one executive member on the UK’s EITI Multi-stakeholder Group (MSG) and many of our members worked hard in government and opposition to argue the case for the...

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