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Briefing Document

FAQ: current situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo August 2012

22nd August 2012

Read our FAQ on the current situation in eastern DRC

How FATF can measure and promote an effective anti-money laundering system

14th June 2012
This paper puts forward some ideas for how the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the body that sets the global standards designed to curb financial crime, can ensure that these standards are actually implemented effectively.

This paper puts forward some ideas for how the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the body that sets the global standards designed to curb financial crime, can ensure that these standards are actually implemented effectively. 

Letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for concrete benchmarks at upcoming Tokyo Conference

2nd July 2012

Thirteen congressional representatives sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ahead of a key donor conference on Afghanistan being held in Tokyo later this week. The letter highlights the critical role of the extractives sector in Afghanistan's development over the next decade.

Signatories are calling on Secretary Clinton to commit to concrete benchmarks and safeguards for an emerging extractives industry in Afghanistan at the Conference; and guard against the resource curse taking root in an already volatile context.

Civil society submission to G20 anti-corruption working group, February 2012

8th February 2012
Civil society submission to G20 anti-corruption working group, February 2012

Civil society submission to G20 anti-corruption working group, February 2012

Joint civil society letter - Four Core Objectives for Good Governance in Afghanistan’s extractives sector

11th June 2012

On July 8th 2012, the international community and Afghan government will meet in Tokyo to discuss Afghanistan's future development.

Ahead of the conference, Global Witness has joined national and international NGOs in a letter to highlight the need for good governance in Afghanistan's emerging extractives sector. We believe the Conference represents a crucial opportunity to strengthen the foundations for a viable industry that benefits all citizens, promotes human development, and contributes to Afghanistan's financial sovereignty.

The letter asks attendees to:

Organisations representing over 1000 civil society groups call on the EU to force companies to reveal their true ownership

6th June 2012
Organisations representing over 1000 civil society groups have written to the EU calling on it to establish a new standard for company ownership transparency. NGO coalitions including Publish What You Pay, the UN Convention against Corruption civil society coalition and the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development, are asking for a new standard that companies have to publicly disclose their ultimate, or beneficial, owner.

Organisations representing over 1000 civil society groups have written to the EU calling on it to establish a new standard for company ownership transparency. NGO coalitions including Publish What You Pay, the UN Convention against Corruption civil society coalition and the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development, are asking for a new standard that companies have to publicly disclose their ultimate, or beneficial, owner.  

 

The letter reads:

Dear Commissioner Barnier,   

Joint civil society letter to NATO on Afghanistan's extractives industry

15th May 2012

Ahead of the NATO Chicago Summit this month, Global Witness, Integrity Watch Afghanistan, and the Revenue Watch Institute have sent a joint civil society letter to Secretary General Rasmussen urging all NATO member countries to address the role Afghanistan’s extractives sector will play in stabilising the country over the next decade.

At Chicago, we are calling on NATO to:

Extractive sector transparency: Why the EU needs a strong set of rules

24th April 2012

Download the briefing: Extractive sector transparency: Why the EU needs a strong set of rules

THE PROBLEM:

Why the EITI Rules need to cover licensing: the case of the DR Congo

1st December 2011

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In July and August 2011, news came out that state mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Gécamines and Sodimico had sold stakes in four major mining sites without making the information public. There are several major concerns over the deals, notably:

Global Witness Submission to International Development Select Committee Inquiry on Tax and Development

29th February 2012
Global Witness' response to an International Development Select Committee Inquiry on Tax and Development. Our response highlights the need for disclosure of revenue payments in the extractive sector and for more information to be made available about the ultimate - or beneficial - owner of companies.

Global Witness' response to an International Development Select Committee Inquiry on Tax and Development. Our response highlights the need for disclosure of revenue payments in the extractive sector and for more information to be made available about the ultimate - or beneficial - owner of companies.