Companies can now file their EITI reporting templates and their digital certification of the figures directly online. Government agencies use the system to report the 55 revenue streams the state collects from the extractive industries – 42 to the central government and 13 to provinces and districts - with the figures immediately available to public once filed.
By 31 March 2015, 988 companies in Mongolia had reported their 2014 payments using this system.
The website contains tools to visualise figures, ranging from interactive infographics that map the ownership of mining licenses and petroleum production sharing agreements to cadastral maps that allow users to track government payments by companies by geographical location. In time, users will be able to overlay EITI data with other datasets including employment, social infrastructure and water resources.
The eReporting system gathers additional data in line with the EITI Standard. Figures for environmental payments are now available for public scrutiny. The next phase of development involves connections to government agencies to allow data such as cadastral information and tax figures to be pulled automatically, while these agencies will be able to draw upon EITI information in their daily work. EITI Mongolia will complete the picture by uploading the previous eight years of EITI disclosures and add a function to generate machine-readable data files.
Finally, EITI Mongolia is working to develop additional functions and products, like mobile applications, that support greater accessibility by end-users as diverse as parliamentarians and local mine-affected communities.
Mongolia’s entire 1.5 million adult population is able to analyse any developments in the mining sector with a fine comb.
HE Chimed Saikhanbileg, Prime Minister of Mongolia