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Nigeria, Others Hopeful As EITI Chair Award Dangles

Nigeria, and 51 other implementing member countries of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) are looking to possibly win the prestigious 2019 EITI Chair awards.

The awards would be announced at the EITI Global Conference taking place in Paris, next month.

All EITI stakeholders have been invited to nominate implementing countries for awards. The EITI Chair’s Awards recognise countries that have shown leadership, determination and resourcefulness in implementing the EITI.

According to the EITI the deadline for nominations is 15 May 2019 and nominations should be submitted to [email protected], with “EITI Award Nomination” in the subject line.

“All implementing countries are eligible for nomination. Anyone may submit a nomination,” the EITI Secretariat said.

The categories include the country that has shown the strongest commitment to transparency and accountability in the extractives sector and country which has made the most impressive progress in overcoming challenges and capacity constraints.

Others are country which has published the most useful information, country which have made the biggest changes to systematically disclose their extractives data and country in which the EITI had the biggest impact.

At the last EITI Global Conference in Lima, the four winners of the Chair awards in 2016 were The Democratic Republic of Congo for leading the way on beneficial ownership, Ghana for taking the recommendations from its EITI Reports and turning them into reforms, Mongolia for its improvements in making data available and the Philippines for the impact of its EITI.

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