UK EITI 2nd report launch to take place in Aberdeen in April?
EICS members and associates are already aware that EICS and industry members of the UK EITI MSG are to carry out the launch of its second year report in Aberdeen, probably in early April this year. The launch marks the end of the first phase of UK EITI membership, which has run from 2013-2017, and denotes the completion by the UK of the requirements of full membership of the Norway-based initiative.
Readers not affiliated to EICS might be interested to know that the UK has a super record within the EITI. It was set up to help make the extractive industries more transparent across the world, and at the behest of Tony Blair’s Labour government. However, the UK did not join at that point. By 2013, however, it had become clear that some large economies like India, Brazil and China were not prepared to join the EITI unless developed nations did too. In 2013, while Clare Short – former secretary of state for international development – was chair of the EITI international board, the UK Conservative-Liberal Democrat government agreed to sign up. Today’s Conservative government has continued to priorities the initiative and the MSG – equally made up of government officials, company representatives and civil society representatives – has shepherded the UK’s membership though to its current state.
EICS members have already been notified about the details of the launch day (the actual date will be set shortly, but must be within a 2 week window in April), which will be accompanied by an EICS event. However, if any readers would like more information, please do not hesitate to let us know and we’ll get right back to you with details.