Email Update 16.12.2010


Welcome to PWYP's third fortnightly email update, which offers a round-up of recent PWYP-related news stories, events and reports. The update is an opportunity for the PWYP network and evenutally the public at large to catch up on developments in different regions and the campaign as a whole. The PWYP update will  be available to the public in the new year and we will be providing information in various languages. We hope the PWYP Update will become an important medium through which we can highlight issues related to PWYP and the campaign for transparency in the management of natural resource wealth.






As this is the final PWYP Update of 2010, the whole team at PWYP International would like to wish you a wonderful festive season and best wishes for the New Year!






Tout l'équipe de PCQPV International tient à vous souhaiter bonnes fêtes et nos meilleurs voeux pour le nouvel an!








Todo el equipo de PWYP Internacional gustaría desearle una temporada maravillosafiesta y los mejores deseos para el Año Nuevo!
Toda a equipe na PWYP Internacional gostaria de lhe desejar uma maravilhosa épocafestiva e os melhores desejos para o Ano Novo!
Вся команда в PWYP Международный хотел бы пожелать Вам прекрасныйпраздничный сезон и наилучшие пожелания в Новом
EITI Updates

The 14th EITI Board meeting took place on 13-14 December in Brussels. The EITI Board decided on the status of the following countries: Sierra Leone, Niger, Kazakhstan, Peru, DRC, Congo, Mauritania, and Mali. 


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The EITI Global Conference takes place on 2-3 March 2011 in Paris. Registration is open at













Interesting Articles 
 “Resource sector can help share the wealth”  Oxfam Australia on why Australia should join EITI
"U.S. legislation takes aim at 'resource curse'" - An overview of Dodd-Frank, its backers, detractors and how it might inspire other legislation 
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OSCE Misses Crucial  Opportunity on Energy Security and Good Governance


The OSCE Summit that ended December 2 in Astana missed an opportunity to promote good governance of the oil, gas and mining industries by failing to endorse the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in its Summit Declaration, a global civil society transparency network said today.
“It is extremely disappointing that Kazakhstan, as the OSCE Chairman and Summit host, was unable to get political backing for the EITI, which the country is itself implementing to bring transparency and good governance into its massive energy and mining sectors,” said Radhika Sarin, International Coordinator of the Publish What You Pay network. “The EITI is based on the values supposedly shared by OSCE States, including respect for civil society, and is an example of effective and constructive cooperation between different stakeholders. This could have been an easy yet significant win for every OSCE member.”
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ОБСЕ упустила исключительную возможность в области укрепления энергетической безопасности и надлежащего управления
«На Саммите ОБСЕ, завершившемся 2 декабря в Астане, была упущена возможность поддержать надлежащее управление в нефтегазовой и горнодобывающей отраслях, поскольку не удалось включить пункт о поддержке Инициативы прозрачности в добывающих отраслях (ИПДО, EITI) в итоговую Декларацию саммита», – отметили сегодня представители глобальной коалиции гражданского общества.
«Очень жаль, что Казахстану, как Председателю ОБСЕ и принимающей стороне Саммита, не удалось обеспечить политическую поддержку ИПДО, несмотря на то, что Казахстан сам реализует эту инициативу в целях внедрения прозрачности и надлежащего управления в энергетическом и горнодобывающем секторах», — отметила Радхика Сарин, международный координатор коалиции «Публикуй, что платишь». «ИПДО основана на ценностях, которые, предположительно, разделяют все страны-участницы ОБСЕ, в том числе уважение к гражданскому обществу. ИПДО также является примером эффективного и конструктивного сотрудничества различных заинтересованных сторон. Такой шаг мог бы стать легкой и, в то же время, существенной победой для всех стран-участниц ОБСЕ».


Publish What You Pay Wins “Commitment to Development” Award 
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 1, 2010 —The Center for Global Development (CGD) and Foreign Policy magazine today presented the global Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalition with the 2010 Commitment to Development Award, in special recognition of the U.S. chapter of PWYP’s role in the passage of a landmark provision in the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requiring energy and mining companies to make public their payments to governments.  
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African Caribbean Pacific – EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly 20th Session – Europe urged to pass a law similar to Dodd-Frank.
acp_org The 20th Session of the joint Africa Pacific Caribbean – EU Parliamentary Assembly was held from 2 to 4 December 2010 in Kinshasa . Speaking at the opening ceremony, co-president of the assembly Louis Michel urged the EU to pass a law similar to the American  Dodd-Frank Act, which requires extractive companies listed in the US to disclose their payments in each country where they operate. He added, “Such disclosure would have a deterrent effect on corruption and illicit financial flows that result in many countries, which despite being rich in natural resources end up with a huge loss of resources, worsening conflicts and deep poverty". On the last day of the assembly, EU Commissioner for trade Karel de Gucht also raised the issue of transparency in the extractive industry. He referred to governments’ efforts in reversing the ‘resource curse’ stating that ‘international rules and targeted initiatives’ such as the Kimberley Process, EITI and Dodd Frank were ‘conducive to solutions in tackling these complex issues’. Karel de Gucht went on to state that, “as the world's largest importer of raw materials, [the EU] should not hesitate to live up to its own responsibilities in this, including those of [its] own companies. The European Commission has been considering the issue of transparency in the extractive industries within the wider context of EU-financial EPlogo
regulatory reform, and my Colleague Commissioner Barnier is conducting a public consultation to gather stakeholders' views on financial reporting by multinational companies.”
EU Commissioner Piebalgs at EU Development Days, "Transparency is Key"
At a panel discussion on how EU policy can generate additional resources for development and help create  conditions necessary to assist growth, Development Commissioner Piebalgs responded to an enquiry on whether the EU would pass legislation similar to Dodd-Frank. Piebalgs was hopeful that, after impact assessment, the EU would pronounce strong legal measures in the second half of this year. He was confident that all the evidence gathered in the studies would lead to such action, dismissing the counter-argument  used by companies that such legislation is anti-competitive. 
NEW YORK, December 15, 2010—In releasing draft rules for enforcing transparency provisions mandated by U.S. financial reforms, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today outlined important initial steps for oil, gas and mining companies to make public the payments made to the U.S. or foreign governments, the Revenue Watch Institute said.
"The commission has important work ahead to define the full scope of the activities covered by the rules, the payments that are covered and how they will be reported," said Karin Lissakers, director of Revenue Watch.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act gives the SEC a deadline of April 15, 2011 for finalizing the rules for resource extraction transparency. The law requires public disclosure of payments to governments for the development of oil, natural gas or minerals. The requirement applies to international as well as U.S.-based companies listed with the SEC.
"We hope the commission will keep exceptions to the disclosure required to a minimum," Lissakers said. "The SEC will be helping to create a new international transparency standard, as other countries are likely to follow the U.S. lead on these disclosures."
Calls for EITI Nominations
Nominations are being sought for civil society representatives to the Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The new EITI Board will be officially appointed in March 2011 on the occasion of the EITI Global Conference in Paris.
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Des candidatures sont recherchées pour les postes de représentants de la société civile au conseil international de l’Initiative pour la Transparence dans les Industries Extractives (ITIE). Le nouveau conseil d’ITIE sera officiellement élu en Mars 2011 à l’occasion de la conférence mondiale d’ITIE à Paris.
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Кандидатуры в настоящее время изыскиваются для представителей гражданского общества Совета Инициативы прозрачности добывающих отраслей (EITI). Новые Правления EITI будет официально назначен в марте 2011 года в связи с Глобальной конференции EITI в Париже.
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Job Vacancies  
Global Witness - US Policy Advisor 
a_GlobalWitnessGlobal Witness is seeking an experienced Policy Advisor for our fast paced and busy Washington DC office to raise the profile of natural resource governance issues in the DC policymaking community, and to advocate for policies to prevent natural resource-related corruption. Key responsibilities will include undertaking and co-ordinating advocacy and educational efforts with a wide range of key U.S. constituencies, including policymakers, international financial institutions, the private sector, and NGOs .
If you have a demonstrable record of advocacy success in the non-profit sector, in the U.S. government or IFIs, have developed and implemented advocacy strategies and can engage with policymakers, companies and constituencies, then we want to hear from you for this challenging and dynamic role. You must also have excellent writing skills and experience of producing reports, press releases and policy documents.
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Closing date: 9am (London UK Time) December 23rd 2010.
Location: Washington D.C., U.S.
Salary: Competitive
Revenue Watch Institute – Regional Officer
The Regional Associate will provide general support to RWI’s Africa Regional Office, based in Accra, Ghana, with special emphasis on and requirements for the Regional Coordinator (RC) and Deputy Regional Coordinator. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to assisting with project management, grants management and administration, budget monitoring and reporting, research and analysis, and communication with partners and RWI staff. The Regional Associate will report to the Regional Coordinator and be located in the RWI Ghana office in Accra.
Salary: Commensurate with experience; opportunities for professional advancement.
Start date: Immediately.
To apply: Please email resume, cover letter, and three professional references as soon as possible or by January 7, 2011 to: Include job code in subject line: Africa Associate/RWI.
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Senior Regional Associate: Latin America - RWI
The Senior Associate will support the Regional Coordinator (RC), including assisting with strategic planning, project management, capacity building, technical assistance, grants management and administration, budget monitoring and reporting, research and analysis, representation and communication with partners and RWIstaff. The Senior Associate will report to the Regional Coordinator and be located in Lima, Peru.
Salary: Commensurate with experience; opportunities for professional advancement.
Start date: Immediately
To apply: Please email resume, cover letter, and three professional references as soon as possible or by January 7, 2011 to: Include job code in subject line: LA Senior Associate/RWI.
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Over the coming weeks...
We will be reviving the PWYP blog. This blog is an excellent opportunity  to gather and exchange information, updates and ideas about the role of transparency in the extractive industries, as well as to engage in discussion and debate. It provides us with a channel through which we can involve the public, heightening awareness and knowledge of natural resource transparency issues. Blog posts will be written by guest bloggers as well as members of PWYP, and comments will be open to everyone. 
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