Session 6 - Encouraging other African countries to join the EITI

This session discussed the possibility of other countries, such as South Africa and Uganda, joining the EITI. By sharing experiences of discussions held with the governments of these countries, the delegates tried to identify what must be done to speed up their acceptance, and implementation, of the EITI.

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Director of the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW)

October 3rd, 2012

This session discussed the possibility of other countries, such as South Africa and Uganda, joining the EITI. By sharing experiences of discussions held with the governments of these countries, the delegates tried to identify what must be done to speed up their acceptance, and implementation, of the EITI.

With regard to South Africa, several meetings on the EITI have been held with key South African ministries (Planning and Finance) but the perception that the EITI is only intended for corrupt third world countries is preventing South Africa from signing up. The conference delegates agreed that it was important to try and secure South Africa’s participation because there were a lot of complaints about the behaviour of South African mining companies in other Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states.

In South Africa, rigorous regulations are in force. Indeed, another reason why South Africa has not wanted to adhere to the EITI until now is because it feels that it already has the best management systems, audit mechanisms and controls in place. But it is still worth continuing to promote the EITI in South Africa – and the International Secretariat should continue to support these efforts.

About the author(s)

Claude Kabemba is the Director of the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW). In 2006, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) asked him to spearhead the formation of SARW. He holds a PhD in International Relations (Political economy) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Thesis: Democratisation and the Political Economy of a Dysfunctional State: The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo). Before joining SARW, he worked at the Human Sciences Research Council and the Electoral institute of Southern Africa as a Chief Research Manager and Research Manager respectively. He has also worked at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and the Centre for Policy Studies as Policy Analyst. Dr. Kabemba’s main areas of research interest include: Political economy of Sub Saharan Africa with focus on Southern and Central Africa looking specifically on issues of democratization and governance, natural resources governance, election politics, citizen participation, conflicts, media, political parties, civil society and social policies. He has consulted for international organizations such Oxfam, UNHCR, The Norwegian People’s Aid, Electoral Commissions and the African Union. He has undertaken various evaluations related to the work of Electoral Commissions and civil society groups interventions in the electoral process in many African countries. He is regularly approached by both local and international media for comments on political and social issues on the continent. His publication record spans from books (as editor), book chapters, journal articles, monographs, research reports, and newspaper articles.

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