“The EITI Board admits Malawi as an EITI candidate country on 22nd October 2015. In accordance with the EITI standard, Malawi is required to publish its first EITI report within 18 months of becoming a candidate, i.e by 22 April 2017. Malawi is required to publish an annual activity report for 2015 by 1 July 2016. Validation will commence within 2.5 years of becoming a candidate (by 22 April 2018).”
Civil society and especially CFJ welcomes this decision. CFJ has been advocating for Malawi to join the EITI since 2008. It was a special moment for civil society to celebrate the approval to join the EITI last week Thursday 22 October. This has come just over one year after, the President of Malawi, Arthur Peter Mutharika, made a declaration to join the EITI.
The EITI Board’s decision is just the next step; the hard work must continue. Malawi now has 18 months to produce the first report which must go hand-in-hand with significant civic education around what EITI is. Publish What You Pay Malawi can make sure that EITI is a process that is beneficial to all Malawians.
We are eager to see:
- Oil and gas included and not only minerals especially for the contextual part of the report.
- Contract transparency to provide a clearer picture of the agreements Malawi has entered and how we should be benefiting.
- Beneficial ownership disclosure so we know who controls the companies and benefits from the proceeds of resources extracted from Malawi.
- Commitment from all stakeholders to sustain the process.
- The passing of a Mines and Minerals Bill that reduces hurdles for the information disclosure necessary for the EITI reporting.