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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.

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