Zimbabwe: NGO urges govt. to take concrete steps to operationalise decision to join the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative
Author: Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA), Published on: 8 April 2019
“Zimbabwe’s move to adopt the extractives industries transparency initiative commendable” 3 April 2019
The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA)…would like to commend the Government of Zimbabwe’s proposal to adopt the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in the 2019 National Budget. This is one of the National Budget’s great call in unleashing the potential of the natural resources sector to contribute to economic development while strengthening mineral resources governance in the country. The EITI is one of the well-known mineral resources governance frameworks globally and Civil Society Organisations like ZELA and the Publish What You Pay Coalition Zimbabwe Chapter have been calling for the Zimbabwe Government to adopt it.
…In his budget presentation, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Honourable Professor Mthuli Ncube noted that in order to move along with international best practices of achieving transparency in the management of natural resources, Government would want to be a member of the EITI as soon as possible. Since 2010, ZELA has been making deafening calls for the adoption of EITI, a progressive move in improving mineral resource revenue management and enhancing greater transparency and accountability in the extractives sector. The organisation has been able to raise awareness amongst communities on issues such as EITI and the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) campaign which calls on governments and mining companies to disclose mining contracts.
…The announcement in the National Budget Statement was the first step and now we await the next concrete steps to help operationalise EITI especially with the EITI Global Conference happening in June. ZELA stands ready to provide technical support and assistance to the Ministry of Finance and the Government of Zimbabwe on the implementation of the EITI.