With over half of the 39 countries that are implementing the EITI now Compliant, how to convert transparency to accountibility was a recurring theme among the 1,300 delegates at the 6th International EITI Conference.
The Conference were organized in Sydney, Australia on 23-24 May, 2013 and Mr.Gankhuyag.D, Minister for Mining, Deputy Chair of Mongolia EITI National Council and other Mongolian government, extractive companies and civil society delegates participated in the Conference.
The new EITI Standard adopted during the Conference requiring more key contextual information and transparency on licensing, contracts, state ownership, CSR payments and other details.
France and the United Kindgom committed to implement the EITI, the global standard for transparency on the eve of the EITI Global Conference in Sydney.
Togo and Cote de I'voire declared as "EITI Compliant" and Honduras and Philippines accepted as "EITI Candidate". Nigeria received EITI Chair's award and Togo announced as a winner of international video competition.
At the end of the Conference, Mrs Clair Short, Chair of EITI International Board highlighted "It is not easy homework to implement EITI new standard, but every country has to try the best to progress from a process that encourages the meeting of our Requirements. Transparency has to demand Accountability".
Next Conference will be organized in 2015 and will discuss the result of new EITI Standard.