PNG has been accepted as a candidate country under the international Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, but PNG’s first annual EITI report reveals a complete lack of commitment from the government to implementing the EITI Standard.
This lack of commitment is in very large part due to the fact the whole notion of PNG’s EITI membership has not grown organically from within government but has been relentlessly fostered on PNG by the World Bank.
World Bank attempts to persuade and push EITI onto PNG date back to at least 2008.
Some of the key World Bank interventions include:
2008 World Bank initiated discussions with the Department of Treasury about EITI which led to Treasury seeking National Executive Council approval for further investigation of the possibility of implementing EITI
2009 World Bank provided technical assistance to the government to investigate implanting EITI
2011 World Bank provided technical assistance to a State Working Group established by NEC to investigate implanting EITI
2012 World Bank sponsored a public workshop in Port Moresby to gauge the views of industry and civil society. The workshop established an informal Multi-stakeholder Support Group to work with the SWG
2012 World Bank organized a delegation from Timor Leste to visit PNG and brief the Prime Minister and Treasurer on EITI
2013 World Bank sponsored a EITI workshop hosted by Transparency International in Alotau in which government and other stakeholders commit to implement EITI
2014 The World Bank pays Deloittes to engage a foreign consultant to produce PNG’s first EITI Annual Report.
Clearly the whole engagement with EITI in PNG has been initiated and driven by the World Bank and the lack of national stakeholder and government commitment means the whole project is fatally undemined.