Mining subcontractors are important taxpayers and drivers of economic development. But they have not received the same level of attention as mining companies do in terms of transparency, accountability or tax contributions.
In the first part of this two-part series, NRGI senior economic analyst Thomas Lassourd shares insights from publicly available EITI datasets on payments made by mining companies to the governments of Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
La buena gobernanza de los recursos mineros y energéticos aún no es la norma a nivel mundial. A pesar de que muchos países cuentan con grandes reservas de minerales, gas y petróleo, existe una compartida incapacidad por transformar estos recursos en desarrollo sostenible. Esta “maldición” persigue especialmente a países en África, Asia y América Latina.
At the formal launch of the ResourceContracts.mn contracts portal on 22 April, Mongolia’s deputy minister of mines and heavy industry reaffirmed the country’s commitment to publishing mining and petroleum contracts and announced the public release of over 150 new contracts. After several years of stuttering progress on contract transparency in Mongolia, this is welcome news.
Watch the full video of the launch of the National Oil Company Database on 25 April in Washington, D.C., feauring NRGI's Patrick Heller and Daniel Kaufmann, along with Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative executive director Mark Robinson and World Bank social development specialist Zainab Usman.