Roundtable Session on Capacity Development of AEITI Stakeholders

On 20th July, AEITI with kind support of GIZ held a 1-day capacity building roundtable session for AEITI MSG, Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Ministry of Finance, Civil Society Organizations and Private Sector but also representatives from Supreme Audit Office, National Statistics and Information Agency and Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

The roundtable session was meant to strengthen member’s knowledge of EITI standard 2019 and discussing the needs of AEITI stakeholders, increasing the effectiveness of their engagement, providing recommendations on addressing the needs of AEITI stakeholders and improving the involvement and ownership of EITI implementation in the country.

The session was opened by Deputy Minister of Policy of Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, welcoming the participants to the session and expressing hope that it would strengthen the engagement and participation of AEITI stakeholders in the process. After the formal opening the session, Mr. Sayes, the national coordinator of AEITI presented the new EITI standard 2019   introducing participants to the changes within the EITI standard. A plenary session followed where Mr. Sayes presented the results of the 6th AEITI report which was published on 30th June 2019.

Afterwards a presentation was delivered by Mr. Shirzai on behalf of GIZ, where the participants were introduced to the tools and techniques required for assessing the capacity development of AEITI stakeholders; these included identifying the challenges within the sector and how they could be addressed besides providing a number of suggestions on how AEITI stakeholders could overcome and bridge the gaps and improve their engagement in EITI implementation in Afghanistan.

After the presentations, a group discussion took place where each participant of certain expertise was placed in groups to discuss the needs and capacity they would require to overcome the challenges they were facing with regard to EITI implementation. The working groups took place in the afternoon session and focused on learning lessons from national engagement, building effective actions and providing a set of recommendations while also focusing on how they could work effectively in building cross-sectoral positions and better coordination. A review/discussion of learning points and about the role the AEITI and donors can play followed. A final evaluation closed the day.

Overall the roundtable session was a good platform for each member to express his ideas and suggestions openly and would also contribute to the effective implementation of EITI in Afghanistan.