EITI’s Eighth Global Conference Holds in France

Mr Fredrik REINFELDT, Chair of the Board, EITI
Mr Fredrik REINFELDT, Chair of the Board, EITI

The eighth edition of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference is scheduled to take place at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France and will be hosted by the Government of France from June 18 to 19, 2019.

The triennial EITI Global Conference will bring together extractive industry stakeholders from governments, companies, civil society and the investor community and provide a forum for discussing the challenges and opportunities in promoting transparency, inclusion and accountability in the extractives sector to pave the way for sustainable growth.

Previous conferences have had a significant catalysing effect on the implementation of the EITI in its 51-member countries.

Issues to be discussed include the use of multi-stakeholder approaches to governance in a polarised world, as well examining the role of the EITI in the good management of the extractives sector, notably in growing domestic resources, tackling corruption, increasing investment and enabling civic space.

The themes of beneficial ownership transparency, strengthening government systems through the EITI and scaling up the use of data generated by the EITI will feature centrally in the programme.

The EITI Members’ Meeting composed of representatives of implementing countries, supporting countries, civil society organisations, industry and institutional investors, will be held ahead of the conference on June 17, to confirm Helen Clark as the EITI’s new chair and to appoint the 2019-2021 EITI Board.

The conference will draw 1,000 collective governance supporters and practitioners in a time of rising polarisation.

Previous Global EITI Conferences have been held in London (2003 and 2005), Oslo (2006), Doha (2009), Paris (2011), Sydney (2013) and Lima (2016).