EITI: Azerbaijan downgraded to 'candidate' country
Bad news for transparency in Azerbaijan (tho§ugh hopefully, in the longer term, a step foprward), as we receive the following press release courtesy of the Extractives Industries Transparency initiative.
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Tuesday, 14 April – Azerbaijan today was downgraded to ‘candidate’ country following an EITI Validation which was carried out earlier this year. Validation is the EITI’s independent evaluation mechanism and Azerbaijan is the first country to be validated against the 2013 EITI Standard.
Clare Short, Chair of the EITI, said:
“There has been some progress in addressing our concerns, but further work is needed to ensure that civil society in Azerbaijan can participate in the EITI in a meaningful way. We look forward to continuing to work together.”
This EITI validation does not assess the 2013 EITI report, which is due to be published in May 2015. Azerbaijan had previously been found compliant in 2009 against the old EITI Rules. Azerbaijan is still counted as EITI member. It can regain compliant status if it implements corrective actions within 12 months, or face suspension.
- The EITI is a coalition of governments, companies, civil society groups, investors and international organisations. Learn more at www.eiti.org.
- EITI is chaired by the Rt. Hon. Clare Short. Ms Short was the UK Secretary of State for International Development (1997-2003).
- 48 countries are now implementing the EITI Standard, and recognised as either EITI compliant or EITI candidate. See the list of countries at www.eiti.org/countries.
- For further information about the EITI Azerbaijan, please visit the country page on the EITI website and the national EITI website.
- IMAGE from front cover of EITI Azerbaijan Validation Report