Increasingly, EITI implementing countries are addressing EITI disclosure requirements through publicly accessible databases, websites, annual reports and data portals. This ensures that the latest information is readily available, compared to the two year time lag that is typical in conventional EITI reporting. It is also cheaper.
The EITI Board examined opportunities to recognise and encourage this work, while ensuring that data remained accessible, reliable and comprehensive. The 2016 EITI Standard now enables countries with robust extractive sector management and auditing systems to disclose data at source rather than through EITI Reports.
EITI reporting deadlines put pressure on the Honduran Institute for Geology and Mines to clean up the mining license register. The register went from a single database that merged active, expired, awarded and revoked mining rights along with other administrative data, to a system that produced clearer, categorised and complete data.
Kazakhstan has shown the way for mainstreaming EITI reporting by requesting that companies file their EITI data as part of other mandatory reporting for subsoil license holders, using an existing online platform in the Ministry of Energy.
We are now working on improving our electronic reporting system that was launched for collecting data for EITI Reports. This system proved to be successful during the data collection process for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 EITI Reports though it still needs some improvement. We now hope to develop it further to allow us to reconcile data automatically.
Bazarbai Nurabaev, Chair of the Committee of Geology and Subsoil Use
The Government of Sierra Leone has reformed the administration of its mining sector by implementing an electronic mining cadaster system. Government revenue from the sector has increased, regulation of the sector has become more consistent and efficient, and stakeholders now have access to timely and accurate data. The system has been used to compile EITI data since 2013.
- Decreased number of outstanding payments.
- Improved monitoring of the extractive sector.
- Reduced waiting time for companies applying for licenses.
- More accurate and auditable data.
- Increased data transparency.
With increasing awareness on transparency of revenues created by the EITI, the public now turns to the Online Repository to get up to date information that can only be found in EITI Reports at a much later date.
Mina Horace, Sierra Leone EITI National Coordinator