eiti-logoIt is worth reminding that XIX General Assembly of the Coalition “Increasing Transparency in Extractive Industries” Public Unions was held on June 10. The Assembly was attended by 71 out of 108 Coalition members. At the XIX General Assembly, the decree  (hereinafter) of the President of Azerbaijan Republic dating back to April 05 of 2017 on ” Additional measures in regard to increasing transparency and accountability in extractive industries” and implementation of responsibilities shown in this document were broadly discussed. Along with this, civil society institutions have expressed their concern in relation to observation seats allocated to them.  Additionally, the participants of XIX General Assembly considers that the Commission on Transparency in Extractive Industries in compliance with 4.6 article of the decree should establish dialogue platform that will operate on permanent basis jointly with the Coalition “Increasing Transparency in Extractive Industries” Public Unions and extractive industries companies. Moreover, it should cooperate with stakeholders in this format on permanent and equal terms as well as create an enabling environment for civil society institutions to impact the decision making process. Otherwise, measures and activities carried out under the name of transparency in extractive industries will not gain sufficient credibility neither among investors nor international organizations.

The participants of XIX General Assembly urges to carry on activities implemented in previous years in line with relevant requirements of international initiative in the field of property ownership within the framework of increasing transparency in extractive industries in Azerbaijan, disclosure of contracts, trade of raw materials, including integration of data into reporting mechanisms of state agencies. Taking into account the dynamic of processes developing in this direction, Azerbaijan government should restore cooperation with international institutions, return to the international initiative on EITI as soon as possible, and along with this, it should eliminate both legal and practical hurdles that prevents civil society institutions to function in an enabling environment, including cancel registration of grants and donors. Besides, the government should create en enabling environment for civil society institutions to exercise their freedom of expression and hold open discussions. The government should also ensure both political and fiscal independence of civil society.

The participants of XIX General Assembly once again emphasizes that the Coalition “Increasing Transparency in Extractive Industries” Public Union is interested on increasing transparency in extractive industries and by the same token, continue collaboration with extractive industries companies.

 

10 June 2017