Ten years ago, the global coalition Publish What You Pay helped to start a worldwide initiative to tackle corruption in the extractive industries. In the Middle East and North Africa, that is still a big challenge.
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.
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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.
We, representatives of Publish What You Pay (PWYP) francophone African coalitions meeting in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) from 29 January to 2 February 2010 at the PWYP Africa Francophone Workshop on the theme of “Strengthening the PWYP campaign and advocacy for greater transparency and accountability in the management of natural resources in Francophone Africa”:
This declaration summarises the outcomes of the Africa Steering Committe’s second meeting, in N’Djamena on 5-7 March 2012. You can also view this declaration in its original PDF format.
On 5-7 March, the PWYP Africa Steering Committee held its second meeting in N’Djamena (Chad).
2011 will go into the annals of Uganda’s history as the year when the oil bubble burst. The last quarter of the year was characterised by much talk on oil that persistent media reports quoted the President advising Ugandans not to be so excited about the recent oil discoveries.
All this after the oil debate reached boiling point and climaxed with a special session in Parliament to discuss developments in the oil industry. At some point, the President was even quoted as having said that sometimes he has to be reminded that we even have oil in Uganda, saying he forgets.
Uganda’s new oil and gas industry has brought with it new phrases, one of which is ‘national content sometimes called local content’. I had never heard usage of the term until recently when, like other Ugandans, I picked interest in knowing what is going on in our oil and gas sector.
On November 8 2011, PWYP-Indonesia members PATTIRO and LPAW Blora conducted a training event for local stakeholders in Bllora district, central Java, on oil and gas revenue sharing (DBH=dana bagi hasil) calculations and projections.
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. The event was attended by more than 50 participants drawn from civil society organisations, community groups, parliament, government and mining companies.