Officials and Stakeholders Learn about AEITI – Afghanistan Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative

Yesterday, a regional awareness workshop on AEITI took place in Kabul. About 30 participants from Kabul and the Afghan provinces Parwan, Loger, Kapisa, and Wardak learned about the initiative’s activities. Attendees included government officials and stakeholders from civil society, the private sector and the media. AEITI and the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) implemented the workshop. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme for promoting good governance in the Afghan extractive sector financed and supported the activity.

AEITI has been playing a vital role in promoting reforms and transparency in the Afghan extractive sector. The head of AEITI’s communication department, Mr Abdul Malik Asem, emphasised: “AEITI aims at improving transparency in the mining sector by raising awareness among civil society and publishing sector-related reports.”

Today’s event aimed at explaining AEITI to the audience. The attendees learned about activities, a seven-year road map for the Afghan mining sector as well as investment opportunities. Participants also discussed last year’s AEITI reconciliation report that provided detailed information on revenues the MoMP had collected in this field – a milestone that greatly improved transparency.

The event concluded with an open discussion session by government officials and AEITI representatives. An attendee commented: “The mining sector is very important for Afghanistan’s economic development. Awareness events help civil society to participate in the AEITI process and follow-up with the private sector and governmental authorities.”

EITI is a global standard for governing a country’s oil, gas and mineral resources. Governments, companies and civil society implement the standard. Member countries and applicants disclose information on tax payments, licenses, contracts, production and other key elements of natural resource extraction. Afghanistan became a candidate country in 2010.

A well-developed mining sector and transparent extraction of mineral resources are crucial for Afghanistan’s sustainable economic development. More awareness workshops on mining transparency will take place in the months to come.

The programme Promoting Good Governance in the Extractive Sector in Afghanistan is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). To fully leverage the Afghan mining sector’s potential, the programme aims at increasing state revenues, promoting investment and fighting corruption in the sector. The project trains stakeholders to ensure that mining activities are carried out transparently and according to law as well as international health and environmental standards. Among other activities, the project has organised 21 training courses on topics such as mine planning, mining economics and mining supervision for more than 310 mining inspectors and other employees at the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) and provincial authorities since 2013. At the same time, the programme has financed 13 scholarships for Afghan women to promote female participation in the sector. The programme further supports the Afghan Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AEITI) to promote transparency and fight corruption.

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