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Briefing Document

Global Witness response to the UK government's consultation on company ownership transparency

16th September 2013
At the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, Prime Minister David Cameron committed the UK to creating a central registry of the ultimate - beneficial - owners of all UK companies. He also promised a consultation on whether this registry would be open to the public. This is Global Witness' response to the consultation.

At the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, Prime Minister David Cameron committed the UK to creating a central registry of the ultimate - beneficial - owners of all UK companies. He also promised a consultation on whether this registry would be open to the public. This is Global Witness' response to the consultation. 

All Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption

7th January 2013

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption was established on the 7th November 2011 to

bring together interested Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords to raise awareness of the impact of international corruption and to enhance and strengthen UK anti-corruption policies and mechanisms including parliamentary scrutiny.”

The APPG is a cross party group of MPs and peers from the British Parliament who have come together to analyse and strengthen the UK’s anti-corruption policies.  The APPG does this by:

Bond Anti-Corruption Group

1st September 2010

The Bond Corruption Group is made up of likeminded British NGOs who, through their work, witness the devastating effects of corruption on developing countries every day. Our experience has taught us that corruption continues to be one of the biggest obstacles to development, poverty alleviation and good governance. Our aim is to draw attention to the impact of corruption on developing countries and provide a platform for the voices of our partners and southern civil society organizations to be heard in the UK.

Briefing: The benefits for Uganda of joining the emerging global transparency standard for extractive industry revenues

16th August 2013
This paper summarizes the implications for Uganda of the new international transparency requirements for the extractive industries agreed in the US and EU, and by the EITI, and provides policy recommendations for Government.

This paper summarizes the implications for Uganda of the new international transparency requirements for the extractive industries agreed in the US and EU, and by the EITI, and provides policy recommendations for Government.

New evidence ties BSGR to company behind Guinea mine bribery

15th August 2013
A director of Beny Steinmetz Group Resources set up a company that signed corrupt deals with the wife of an African president in a multi-billion-dollar mine scandal, Global Witness has learned. BSGR says that corruption allegations are “entirely baseless.”
  • Beny Steinmetz Group Resources director set up company that promised bribes
  • BSGR misled with claims Pentler Holdings was set up independently
  • Representatives wired payments to president’s wife
  • Global Witness revealed in April that BSGR and Pentler signed corrupt contracts

A director of Beny Steinmetz Group Resources set up a company that signed corrupt deals with the wife of an African president in a multi-billion-dollar mine scandal, Global Witness has learned.

Zimbabwe’s elections: intimidation, vote-rigging and diamonds

26th July 2013
Global Witness has grave concerns about Zimbabwe’s elections, scheduled to take place on July 31st. The elections, which should mark Zimbabwe’s transition to a more free and fair democracy, look instead to bear the hallmarks of previous flawed votes. Much needed reforms set out in Zimbabwe’s constitution have not been undertaken, most notably a clean-up of the electoral roll and security sector reforms. Intimidation of voters and civil society members has increased throughout the year and accusations of election-rigging by Mugabe’s ZANU PF party are more and more frequent. Global Witness is particularly concerned about the impact that diamond money may be having on the electoral process and outcome. There are credible indications that diamond revenues could be a source of off-budget cash for ZANU PF and partisan security forces and may therefore be funding anti-democratic tactics being employed by Mugabe’s party.

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Italian Parliament debates Government response to ENI's dealings in Nigeria

14th June 2013
Italy’s Parliament yesterday debated the Government’s response to questions put to it about Italian oil company ENI’s conduct in acquiring Nigerian oil block OPL245. On 10th May Simon Taylor, director of Global Witness, attended the ENI shareholders meeting to put a series of specific questions to ENI’s board regarding OPL245. ENI failed utterly to respond to these questions save essentially repeating that it had paid the Nigerian government. Because these issues are of highest public interest, Global Witness calls on ENI to come clean and provide answers as a matter of urgency to all the questions that were submitted in writing to the company.

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EITI: be bold, stay rigorous and help citizens use the data!

22nd May 2013
Thursday's 6th Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference in Sydney will see oil, gas and mining executives, campaigners, investors and government officials ratify improvements in transparency standards for the industry.

Thursday's 6th Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference in Sydney will see oil, gas and mining executives, campaigners, investors and government officials ratify improvements in transparency standards for the industry.

Global Witness has issued a statement welcoming the improvements whilst warning that the significant gaps remaining in the initiative could render it obsolete if it fails to keep at the forefront of reform.

European Union Timber Regulations and why they matter to China

10th May 2013

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The European Union agreed the EU Timber Regulations (EUTR) in 2010, making it illegal as of 3 March 2013 for any company to place illegally harvested timber or products made from illegal timber on the EU market. 

The new EUTR have important implications for Chinese companies exporting wood products or timber into the EU which may have been logged illegally because China has become the world’s biggest importer of wood products.  The EU is also China's second biggest market for wood products.

Anonymous companies: A Global Witness briefing

1st June 2013
Money launderers, corrupt politicians, terrorists, arms traffickers, drug smugglers, and tax evaders all rely on two things to move their dirty money: company structures that allow them to hide their identity, and banks and other professionals willing to do business with them. Both are all-too available.

French and German versions below.

Money launderers, corrupt politicians, terrorists, arms traffickers, drug smugglers, and tax evaders all rely on two things to move their dirty money: company structures that allow them to hide their identity, and banks and other professionals willing to do business with them. Both are all-too available.