LEITI Begins Special Learning Exchange Program

A special Learning Exchange Program intended to enhance implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in the African region has started in Monrovia.

The South-South Training Exchange Program which is sponsored by the World Bank and LEITIwill promote experience and knowledge sharing on EITI implementation amongst Liberia, Tanzanian and Ethiopia. The program will be held from November 17-23, 2013.

Delegates attending the program include high level officials such a minister and directors in government, board members from each country’s EITI governing body and Secretariat staff.

The learning exchange will focus on Legislative Framework for EITI Implementation, Secretariat Operations, Forestry Sector Monitoring, Mining, as well as generalstakeholders’ involvement in the EITI process. It is also intended to enhance the capacity of the steering committees to lead the effective implementation of EITI; strengthen good governance of natural resources for poverty reduction as well as advance the multi-stakeholder dialogues and the participation of citizens in Natural Resource Management.

To facilitate the learning, the delegates will meet with key policy makers in Liberia includingVice President Joseph Nyumah Boikai; EITI Board Member, Senate Pro-Tempore Gbehzongar Findley as well heads of line ministries and agencies of government involved in EITI implementation and civil society organizations.

The delegates will also pay a tour visit to Arcelor Mittal Liberia’s operations site in Buchanan on Friday, November 22, 2013, to get experience of how extractive companies’ operations support EITI implementation in Liberia.

Tanzanian was declared EITI compliant in December 2012 and is in process to consolidate its achievements towards greater transparency in the EITI by creating a legal framework for natural resource management. The Ethiopian Government has expressed its decision to implement the EITI and is working to submit an application for an EITI candidate status.

Liberia signed on to the EITI in 2005 and was the first African country to become compliant in 2007. The Liberian EITI has made tremendous achievements in the global EITI implementation records. Liberia is the the first country globally to include Agriculture and Forestry in its EITI program; the first country to expand its EITI scope to include Contract Transparency; and one of few countries that have regularly published their EITI Reports. Liberia also launched its Post Contract Award Process Audit Report in May 2013, the first of its kind in the EITI implementation.

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