June, 22 2019
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference for 2019 was held from 18 to 19 June at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris where Union Minister U Ohn Win and his delegation attended.
At the opening ceremony, International EITI Board Chair Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt and French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne delivered separate opening remarks.
The attendees then discussed how the EITI standards were approved and officially published at the 43rd International EITI Board Meeting on 17 June. They also discussed the transparency in the extractive industry, changes to modern situations, and future tasks.
After the opening ceremony, the Union Minister raised questions on transparent processes of the extractive industry in the 52 countries attending the EITI Global Conference, the challenges faced after observing the reports, and their strengths and weaknesses.
In the afternoon, the Union Minister met informally with Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt and discussed Myanmar’s eligibility to become an EITI member. He then attended the meeting on ‘From reports to disclosure using the EITI to strengthen government’.
On the second day of the Global Conference, the Union Minister delivered a speech at the EITI Stakeholders Forum on Showcasing Leadership on the Transparency Agenda. He spoke on Myanmar’s commitments to implementing transparency in the extractive industry, sharing information to the public, producing the most benefit for the current generation and the ones to come, keeping impact to a minimum on the environment and livelihoods of local residents, all the while adhering to international standards.
In the morning of 19 June, the Union Minister met separately with the Indonesian EITI group led by Prof. Akhmad Syakhroza, Indonesian Deputy Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, and with Mr. Daniel Kaufmann, Chair of the Natural Resource Governance Institute.
During the meetings they discussed Indonesia’s experiences to aid Myanmar in becoming an EITI member, exchanged suggestions, technical assistance, and international experience.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)
Source : //www.globalnewlightofmyanmar.com