NRGI Events at 2016 EITI Global Conference

Natural Resource Governance Institute team members are set to take part in a full slate of activities at the EITI Global Conference in Lima, Peru, from February 24-25.

Throughout the conference, NRGI will be active on Facebook and on Twitter (@NRGInstitute and @NRGIesp, our Spanish-language feed). Join the conversation using #EITI2016.

Below is a preliminary list of activities that will feature NRGI experts. Check back for updates, as event details are subject to change. All events will take place at the Lima Convention Center. Please note all events are shown in Peru Time (GMT -5).

Attendees are also welcome to visit NRGI’s booth at the EITI National Expo. NRGI experts will host a series of “office hours,” providing practical advice on a range of subjects from beneficial ownership to data visualization to parliamentary engagement.


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Pre-Conference Day
Tuesday, February 23

9:00 am-noon
Parliamentary Roundtable
Mangomarca, 6th floor, Lima Convention center
The aim of this roundtable is to bring together parliamentarians and parliamentary support organizations from around the world to discuss what parliamentarians can do to improve the governance of the extractive sector and how they can better make use of information such as that which the EITI can provide. Through the adoption of improved minerals and hydrocarbons legislation, by providing budget approval and oversight, and through scrutinising the government’s management of the extractives sector, parliamentarians have a critical role in improving natural resource governance.
Featuring NRGI president and CEO Daniel Kaufmann

5:30 pm-7 pm
Extractive Industries and Social-environmental information: the role of EITI
Huantille, 6th floor, Lima Convention center
The aim of this gathering is to create a multi-actor space for the exchange of information, experiences and reflections on the  role of EITI as a mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability on social-environmental data related to extractive activity in Latin America and other regions. This event is hosted jointly by Red Latinoamericana sobre Industrias Extractivas (RLIE), PWYP, NRGI, Fundar Centro de Análisis e Investigación, OGP Opennes in Natural Resources Working Group and Oxfam, with the support of Cordaid.
Featuring NRGI Latin America director Carlos Monge

5:30 pm-7 pm
Catch the Buzz on Mandatory Reporting Laws and Their Global Implications: Industry, CSO and Investor Views
Mangomarca, 6th floor, Lima Convention center
As the trend toward extractive sector transparency grows, a number of jurisdictions have developed domestic legislation requiring extractive companies to publicly report all material payments to all governments around the world on a country and project basis. Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA), the EU Accounting Directive and the U.S. Dodd Frank Act (s. 1504) are examples of efforts to legislate worldwide reporting of payments to governments, project by project. The session will allow panelists to provide updates on the development and implementation of legislation, as well as challenges, lessons learned and opportunities created by these legislative efforts.
Featuring NRGI senior advocacy officer Joseph Williams.

Conference Day 1
Wednesday, February 24

1 pm-2:30 pm
Parallel session 2: Digging down – disclosure and dialogue at the subnational and local level
Mangomarca, 6th floor, Lima Convention center
Extractive industries can have a large impact in the area where they operate. Increasingly, countries cover transfers and direct payments to local governments and revenue use on local level in their EITI. Some countries, such as Peru, have also established subnational multi-stakeholder groups. The session explores the role of local stakeholders in extractives governance and experiences from subnational EITI implementation.

1 pm-2:30 pm
Parallel session 3: Who stands behind the companies? Disclosing beneficial owners
Plenary Hall, 8th floor, Lima Convention center
Countries are increasingly interested in knowing who the true beneficiaries of the companies operating in their extractive sector are. The EITI has led a pilot project on beneficial ownership disclosure since 2013. The session will explore ongoing developments in the field and discuss challenges.
Read “Owning Up: Options for Disclosing the Identities of Beneficial Owners of Extractive Companies.”

1 pm-2:30 pm
Parallel session 4: Transparency in commodity trading
Pachacamac, 6th floor, Lima Convention center
A number of resource-rich countries earn a majority of their extractive revenue by selling their mineral resources to commodity trading companies. The session discusses progress to date in bringing transparency to these transactions, the challenges lying ahead, and the role of state-owned enterprises.
Read “In Pursuit of Transparent Trading.”

3 pm-4:30 pm
Plenary III: Informing better policies in the extractive sector [webcast]
Plenary Hall, 8th floor, Lima Convention center
Resource-rich countries face a range of public policy challenges in harnessing their oil, gas and mining resources for sustained and inclusive growth. These sectors provide much needed investment, jobs, infrastructure development and opportunities for economic diversification. However the risk of conflict, corruption and social and environmental harm need to be effectively mitigated. The plenary will consider how EITI implementation can play a role in addressing these complex policy challenges. Resource-rich countries face a range of public policy challenges in harnessing their oil, gas and mining resources for sustained and inclusive growth. These sectors provide much needed investment, jobs, infrastructure development and opportunities for economic diversification. However the risk of conflict, corruption and social and environmental harm need to be effectively mitigated. The plenary will consider how EITI implementation can play a role in addressing these complex policy challenges.
Featuring NRGI’s Daniel Kaufmann

4:45 pm-6:15 pm
Networking and Learning Event: Contracts & Cocktails
Mangomarca, 6th floor, Lima Convention center
Join NRGI and seven other partner for an informal event focused on peer learning regarding extractives contracts.

Conference Day 2
Thursday, February 25

11 am-12:30 pm
Parallel session 6: Country experiences of integrating transparency in government and company systems
Pachacamac, 6th floor, Lima Convention center
EITI Reports provide unprecedented insights into the governance of extractive industries. However, successful EITI implementation is not measured by the number of reports. The gains come from strengthened systems and improved accountability. The revised 2016 EITI Standard encourages countries to “mainstream” EITI implementation and routinely publish up-to-date information. This session will examine emerging best practices in Colombia, Kazakhstan, Timor Leste and the United States.
Featuring NRGI senior governance officer Erica Westenberg.

11 am-12:30 pm
Parallel session 7: Transparency in corporate reporting
Huantille, 6th floor, Lima Convention center
Oil and mining companies face a growing number of reporting requirements. The session will focus on disclosing information directly through corporate reports and websites. Discussion will include sharing examples, ideas and practices.
Featuring NRGI senior advocacy officer Joseph Williams.

11 am-12:30 pm
Parallel session 9: Contract transparency
Plenary Hall, 8th floor, Lima Convention center
An increasing number of countries are making oil and mining contracts publicly available. The session will explore recent developments in contract transparency and the arguments for and against disclosing contracts. The session will also look at how information in published contracts can be made accessible and usable to the public.
Read “Five Steps to Disclosing Contracts and Licenses in EITI.”