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Over the past few years, the EITI process in Iraq has been affected by disputes between the central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Due to disagreement over the legitimacy of production sharing agreements in Kurdistan, KRG has not shared its revenue data with the EITI multi-stakeholder group. As a result, rather than include figures that were estimates, the Iraqi EITI applied to the Implementation Committee of the EITI to ask that KRG numbers be exempt from EITI reporting. Below is the reaction of PWYP’s affiliated coalition in Iraq to this development.
“The PWYP affiliated coalition, the Iraqi Transparency Alliance for Extractive Industries (ITAEI) supports the request submitted by the Iraqi EITI - and approved by the Implementation Committee of the EITI – for data from the Kurdistan regional government to be exempt from EITI reporting. So far, the political conflict occurring between the central government of Iraq and the KRG has prevented data from the KRG from reaching the IEITI multi stake holder group.
However, the coalition would like stress its demand that this exemption only be applied for a set period of time and that it does not extend beyond the 2013 EITI report. The ultimate goal of the EITI process in Iraq should always remain to promote transparency and disclosure of all revenues covering the whole of Iraq.”
ITAEI believes that it is crucial for EITI reports to contain data from the whole of Iraq. On February 25th, members of the coalition in Kurdistan met with parliamentarians, civil society and the media from the region to stress the important role the Kurdistan Regional Government has to play to ensure a successful implementation of EITI. This was part of an ongoing advocacy campaign by the coalition to push the Kurdistan Regional Government to share its extractive data.
For more on Iraq and EITI, read our newsletter special from last month!