On 5th and 6th December 2012, Publish What You Pay hosted a workshop for the MENA region, in Beirut.
Auspiciously perhaps, the workshop took place as Lebanon was in in the midst of setting up its energy sector and was launching bids for offshore exploration licenses. Indeed, for many countries in the region – whether because of new regimes, new discoveries or simply a new motivation for change – it seems an opportune time to campaign for transparency and accountability in the extractive sector.
Publish What You Pay condemns the arrest of Marc Ona Essangui and several other representatives of civil society by Gabonese police in Libreville, Gabon, this morning when they were gathering for a meeting of the « Forum des Indignés du Gabon».
Given this resurgence of attacks against the fundamental rights of civil society actors and members of Publish What You Pay in Gabon, the Africa Steering Committee of the Publish What You Pay campaign calls upon the Government of the Republic of Gabon for the immediate release without conditions of Marc Ona Essangui and all members of civil society
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The Zimbabwe Chapter of the Publish What You Pay (PWYP) campaign was launched in Harare on the 26th of August 2011 at an event organized by the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) with support from the Southern Africa Resources Watch (SARW) and the Publish What You Pay Africa Secretariat.
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Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo might be one of the world’s richest countries in natural resources, but its population ranks among the poorest with four out of five citizens living on less than 30 cents a day.
On 10 June 2011 a wide range of civil society organisations gathered in Melbourne for a PWYP information and strategy development workshop. Hosted by long time PWYP member Oxfam Australia, sessions included an introduction to PWYP, examination of national coalition case studies and a strategy brainstorm for the future of the campaign in Australia. The day closed with a real sense of momentum in the quest for greater openness in the oil and mining sector in Australia.
Currently, the campaign in Australia is developing across two very exciting fronts.
PWYP members in Europe have written to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which regulates US stock exchanges, and notified the body that the European Commission is developing counterpart legislation in Europe. The need for extractive industry transparency rules in the EU has been backed by the British and French governments which have both publicly stated their support this year following the passing in the United States of the Dodd-Frank Act.
I am Chairperson of Publish What You Pay Uganda and work for an organisation called Global Rights Alert. In Uganda we are striving to ensure that the recently discovered oil in our country helps us fight poverty, disease and develop economically.
A Call for Nominations was launched on December 7, 2010. The Call for Nominations was circulated widely through civil society networks and via the EITI National Coordinators in each EITI country to ensure the widest possible diffusion.
In a letter published on the Elysée website, President Sarkozy has publicly come out in favour of new European rules requiring oil, gas and mining companies to disclose the payments they make to governments around the world. President Sarkozy stated: ‘I have decided to ask the EU to adopt, as speedily as possible, legislation to compel industries in the extractive sector to disclose their payments to all countries in which they operate.’
Sarkozy’s statement was in response to an open letter by ONE campaign co-founder Bono, urging Sarkozy – who this year has the presidency of the G8 and the G20 – to translate his ‘transformational words’ on development into ‘transformational actions’. One of the opportunities Bono highlighted was the push for transparency in the extractive sector, reminding Sarkozy that the US passed historic legislation last July requiring listed companies to publish what they pay.
The campaign for PWYP stock exchange listing requirements is gathering pace in the UK. Last week the founder of the Open Society Foundations, George Soros, spoke to a senior gathering of UK MPs and Peers at a reception in the House of Commons about the importance of oil and mining transparency. Mr Soros has been a key supporter of the Publish What You Pay coalition since 2002.