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PNGRGC

 

The PNG Resource Governance Coalition (PNGRGC) was launched in March 2015.  Its primary purpose is to coordinate and facilitate participation of Civil Society in the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in PNG. The Coalition is currently developing its strategy so that it is aligned to the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) global Vision 20/20 strategy that seeks to strengthen PWYP’s governance standards, and engagement on advocacy initiatives on transparency and accountability on extractive industries.  PWYP provides technical assistance to PNG Resource Governance Coalition (PNGRGC).  The Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) is the host organisation of PNGRGC.

 

Objectives

The objectives of the Coalition are to:

•  be used as an umbrella organisation to encompass all civil society organisations (CSOs) including community-based, faith-based, legal, environmental, transparency and anti-corruption and other non-governmental organizations that have an interest and work in or related to the Extractive Sector; accountability and the governance of the sector and the proceeds from the management and utilisation of the revenue /resources;

•  contribute constructively to civil society’s participation in the introduction, promotion, awareness, and implementation of the EITI in PNG; including to hold industry and government accountable and support and guide CSO members of the EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group;

• introduce, promote and maintain programs and initiatives that are community-focused in order to strengthen civil society engagement and ownership of issues in the resource sector;

• develop understanding and partnerships with other like-minded resource governance organisations locally and internationally;

• maintain high standards of good governance for the Coalition and its members;

• establish and maintain a register of membership, as the basis for programs and outreach activities; and

• do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objectives or any of them.

 

Partnerships and Advocacy

PNGRGC’s strategic partners have been Publish What You Pay (UK), CIMC, Institute of National Affairs (INA), Transparency International PNG (TIPNG), Business Against Corruption Alliance (BACA), Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR), Eco-Forestry Forum (EFF), and various other community-based organisations and institutions. While some of these organisations need to be re-activated, other registered CSOs are welcome to become members the Coalition such as Church organisations, professional associations, women's groups, youth, community development, and landowners associations.  

CSOs, NGOs, Networks and other Associations that are engaging in the extractive industry are invited to contact us to register their interest and to receive information from the Coalition about the EITI, and capacity-building support.  

Publish What You Pay, CIMC and INA and provided administrative and technical support to PNGRGC.

Business Against Corruption Alliance has provided funding assistance for radio broadcast and roadshows.

The PNG EITI Secretariat provided initial funding during 2015-2016. PNGRGC has a well-equipped and functioning office that is currently located at Level 2 IPA Building and is managed by the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Committee.

TIPNG funded a workshop conducted by PNGRGC in Kavieng IN 2015. 

CELCOR, EFF, and others have provided technical assistance during regional roadshows. PNGRGC has also conducted three joint provincial EITI training workshops in Kavieng, Lae, and Wewak in association with the PNGEITI National Secretariat and with funding assistance from the World Bank. 

Recent Achievements

2019

During 2017 to 2018, PNGRGC recently completed three sub-national capacity building training workshops funded by the European Union through CIMC. The PNGRGC conducted successfully 4 planned workshops in Kerema, Madang, Mendi, and Porgera. CIMC and PNG Resource Governance Coalition (PNGRGC) in partnership with the PNGEITI Secretariat and the World Bank also conducted 3 provincial workshops in Kavieng, Lae, and Wewak targeting the impacted area communities of Hidden Valley (Lae)  Lihir (Kavieng) and Frieda (Wewak) as well as the provincial and district governments. PNGRGC also conducted 1 workshop in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville supported by Exxon Mobil.

Participants of the provincial capacity building workshops over the two years expressed gratitude for conducting such critical events that empowered them with useful information as they were an eye-opener despite many of them being exposed to the extractive activities within their localities.

During 2019, the CIMC provided funding to the PNGRGC.  The Constitution was finalized. The PNGRGC is now an incorporated entity.

With the appointment of the current National CSO Coordinator in August, the PNGRGC has participated in the PNG EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) meetings, Validation Workshops, and contributed to the EITI Technical Working Group on the draft Bill for the PNG EITI Commission.  Funding is being sought from the PNGEITI and other donors.

The long term expected outcome for PNGRGC from executing ongoing advocacy and capacity building activities at the provincial and even further in the districts is to have a coalition of informed citizens/community groups who are confident and empowered to be able to demand for transparency and accountability, especially in the way resource revenues are managed and distributed. 

PNG’s civil society organization have made an enormous contribution to EITI implementation. Continued support from the national government through its State-CSO partnership initiative is essential for the continued success of EITI implementation in PNG.

 

 

 

 

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