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Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council

  • EITI in PNG

    PNG EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group

    BACKGROUND

    The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global initiative aimed at improving transparency and accountability in the management of natural resources. The initiative involves the collaboration of government, industry and civil society participants to achieve its outcomes.

    In Papua New Guinea, EITI discussions began in 2006 due to an Asian Development Bank precondition for financing the then proposed PNG-Queensland gas pipeline. A scoping study was initiated to determine the viability of PNG being an EITI member country.

    Based on the scoping study, PNG's cabinet decided in April 2011 (NEC Decision No. 47/2011) to establish a State Working Group (SWG) to weigh out the pros and cons of PNG joining the EITI process.

    One of the recommendations of the SWG was for PNG to form an interim Multi-Stakeholder Group consisting of government, industry and civil society actors to draw up an EITI workplan.

    In March 2013, the National Executive Council decided (NEC Decision No. 90/2) that the Treasurer will be the Minister Responsible for EITI implementation in PNG. The following month (May 2013) PNG announced its intention to be an EITI Candidate country at the 6th EITI Conference in Sydney. The announcement in front of 1400 participants was made by the then Treasurer Don Polye.

    In November 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)was signed by government, industry and civil society, establishing the PNG EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group.

    The following year, Papua New Guinea was admitted as an EITI Candidate country on the 19th of March 2014.

    According to the EITI Standard and transitional arrangements, the country must produce its first EITI Report within two years from becoming a candidate.

    PNG's first EITI Report for the financial year 2013 was published in 2015. PNG has since published reports for fiscal year's 2014 - 2016.

    Validation will start in May 2018.

    EITI implementation in PNG is led by the PNG EITI National Secretariat, under the guidance of the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG). The Chairman of the PNGEITI MSG is the Minister for Treasury. 

    Further information on EITI implementation in Papua New Guinea is available on the PNGEITI website.

     

    CIMC and the EITI

    CIMC supports EITI

    Above: CIMC Executive Officer Mrs. Wallis Yakam, advocates for a better informed civil society at the EITI International Conference in Lima

     CIMC is a founding member of the PNGEITI Multi-Stakeholder Group and has represented civil society since 2013.

    CIMC currently hosts the secretariat of the PNG Resource Governance Coalition, which is the umbrella civil society coalition on EITI related matters.

    In partnership with the European Union, CIMC has conducted subnational capacity building workshops on the EITI in Kerema, Mendi, and Madang.

  • PNG Resource Governance Coalition

    PNGRGC

    The PNG Resource Governance Coalition (PNGRGC) was launched in March 2015. Its primary purpose is to coordinate and facilitate the participation of civil society in implementing 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 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 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 likeminded 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.

    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.

    TIPNG funded a workshop conducted by PNGRGC in Kavieng IN 2015

    CELCOR, EFF, and others have provided technical assistance during regional roadshows.

    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.

    PNGRGC recently completed three subnational capacity building training workshops funded by the European Union through CIMC. 

    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.

     

     

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