New ToR and SOP for MSG Approved - Former MSG Members Honored with Certificates of Acknowledgement

 

An orientation and advisory session of (MSG) was held under the chairmanship of H.E Muhammad Haroon Chakhansuri, Minister of Mines and Petroleum of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The meeting took place at Serena Kabul on Tuesday, January 26th 2021 and attended by former and new members of MSG, and its purpose was to approve the new terms of reference and standard operating procedure and to honor the former members of this MSG.

The Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) is made up of members of the government, civil society and the private sector and is responsible for overseeing the extractive sector of the country.

Welcoming the new MSG members, Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Muhammad Haroon Chakhansuri, said: In behalf of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and AEITI I would like to thank all the former MSG members who had MSG membership from 2017 to 2020, and because of their tireless efforts, Afghanistan's candidacy in EITI was taken out of suspension.

The Minister of Mines and Petroleum said: I would like to ask the civil society partners once again to solve the election problems and issues related to civil society constituency elections for obtaining MSG membership. If the election problems are not resolved in a timely manner, it is clear that the outcome will have a negative impact on Afghanistan's scores in next year's validation process.

During the session, several presentations were delivered, such as a presentation about AEITI, a presentation about EITI standard, MSG terms of reference and a presentation about standard operating procedure, and the MSG members approved both the new MSG terms of reference and as well as the SOP or Standard Operating Procedure.

At the end of the event, for the sake of appreciating the performance of the previous MSG members, certificates of appreciation were awarded to them by the Minister of Mines and Petroleum.