Myanmar is abundant in natural resources. It is well positioned to become a leading regional trading hub and a key supplier of minerals, natural gas and agricultural produce. MATA respects that for the country to continue its transition to a developed and progressive country it must take advantage of its economic strengths, which includes its natural resources. However, MATA wants to see the extraction of these resources completed in an ethical and transparent way. That is why MATA was proud to see the Myanmar Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (MEITI) become established under the President Office’s Notification No. 99/2012 issued on 14 December 2012. MEITI is our national chapter of the wider global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). It is a global standard for transparency and accountability in the extractive industries with 51 participating countries. The aim of EITI is to improve openness and accountability of the management of revenues from natural resources. The standard can be viewed here
More openness around how a country manages its natural resource wealth is necessary to ensure that these resources can benefit socio-economic development for a country and its citizens.
In accordance with the EITI Standard, countries seeking to implement the EITI are required to form a national multi-stakeholder group (MSG). The MSG is comprised of representatives from government, industry and civil society. It oversees EITI implementation in the country and publishes an EITI report in which government revenues and company payments (amongst other information) are disclosed and independently reconciled.
As MATA, we are participating as civil society representatives in the Multi-Stakeholders Group (MSG) voice in the Myanmar EITI process. We engage in bi-literal meetings at national and sub-national level with different stakeholders including the international community. The EITI process is a process of international standardization in the extractive industry, which requires the involvement of the civil society representatives from the states and regions where the extractive activities are engaged. With this prerogative, the representatives of the civil society from the states and regions were invited for EITI workshop in October, 2013 and 45 attendees formed the temporary EITI implementation supervisory committee.
From this initiative a series of EITI workshops were conducted across 14 states and regions in Myanmar; and the working groups, the executive committees and states and regional level representatives were elected through those initiatives.
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