EITI International Secretariat and MSG Members’ discussion on 5th Report, Self-assessment Validation and Beneficial Ownership

 

In their meeting with AEITI MSG, the EITI International Secretariat’s team consisting of its deputy head, Mr. Eddie Rich and regional director, Mr. Pablo Valverde, expressed their pleasure over the developments made in the implementation of EITI Standard at the two day workshop and congratulated the AEITI secretariat, MSG and the Government of Afghanistan for publishing the 5th Reconciliation Report in time.

The report discloses information on the revenue, production and other issues persisting in extractive sector of Afghanistan for the year 2014 and 2015; and has provided recommendations and suggestions to the Government, Civil Society and Private Sector for overcoming those hurdles in the sector.

In the discussion over beneficial ownership, all MSG members were of the view that such an ordeal should be followed in awarding contracts that full details of the owners of the contracts are disclosed and also the percentage of the ownership are disclosed publicly if there are more than one owner. The members agreed that beneficial ownership was very important to curb corruption and prevailing transparency within the sector and asked that beneficial ownership should be included in the mineral law of Afghanistan.

It was acknowledged that there still persisted hurdles in access to information with regard to contract disclosure on beneficial ownership; the MSG members in their discussion with EITI team emphasized that the Government should create a separate clause or amendment in the Mineral law about beneficial ownership in the coming years, which will prevent high-level government officials from getting any such contract and using their influence.

In the meantime, MSG also took an assessment of AEITI and its implementation in the country and agreed that AEITI fulfilled most of the EITI requirements and were making efforts to comply with other EITI requirements.

In this workshop, the gaps and issues in the sector were also indicated which included lack of central financial registry of contracts and insufficient and incomplete data within the ministries. This main objective of this workshop was to prepare the MSG and AEITI for the upcoming Validation which is scheduled for July 1st 2017.