Date: July 11, 2009, 10:05 am


CIVIL SOCIETY COMMUNIQUE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EITI IN GHANA ADOPTED AT A NATIONAL PUBLIC FORUM ON EITI IN ACCRA, ON WEDNESDAY, 11 OCTOBER 2006


We, representatives of citizens groups in Ghana, organized under the banner of the Ghana Chapter global Publish What You Pay Campaign, meeting at a public forum at the GNAT Hall in Accra,

 

Having listened to presentations on the EITI and its role in ensuring transparent and prudent management of the dividends of mining,

 

Having had the opportunity to seek clarifications and discuss the EITI concept and how it can work for us,

 

Noting that far too often have we been taken for granted in policy formulation and decisions affecting us,

 

That we are most immediately affected by mining, and that several of our generations to come will unfortunately have to live with the destruction that mining has visited on us for many years,

 

Convinced that the only way to ensure that we are not short-changed in the distribution and utilization of mining revenues, is to involve us the communities in the governance processes in the extractive sector,

 

Declare as follows:

 

That the EITI concept is a laudable idea, which if implemented to the spirit and letter will ensure prudent management of the dividends from mining and go a long way to alleviate extreme poverty among our people;

That it has the potential of facilitating the peoples’ involvement in development processes in our communities;

That we heartily welcome the government’s endorsement of the EITI concept and its commitment to its implementation, demonstrated in its establishment of a EITI lead agency, a multi-stakeholder National Steering Committee, and the appointment of an aggregator, in line with the principles and criteria of the EITI;

 

While we pledge our support to the government as it takes its initial but critical steps towards the full implementation of the EITI,

 

We demand that:

Government seriously considered the pursuit of a broader range of complementary reform initiatives such as:

    Revenue management

    Anti-corruption legislation

    Judicial reform

    Right to information Act

    Civil liberty guarantees

Furthermore,

We call for a debate, and possibly a review of the formulae for sharing the dividends from mining. The 80% retained by the Central government could for instance be reduced to 70%, as the 80% retained by government leaves very little to be distributed among the district assemblies, chiefs and people of communities affected by mining. 

Finally, we urge the government, mining companies, traditional authorities, and all citizens of Ghana to demonstrate unwavering support to the implementation of the EITI in this country.

 

Signed,

Members of PWYP-Ghana



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