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Vol 52 No 19

Published 23rd September 2011

No EITI for UK

Britain is refusing to follow United States President Barack Obama in joining the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Asked why Britain would not take part, even though EITI was originally a British idea sponsored by Premier Tony Blair in 2002, Department for International Development (DfID) press officers said that although ‘the UK is already a strong international supporter of the EITI and transparency in the extractives sector,’ it was ‘not appropriate’ for Britain to join because it was not ‘resource rich’, by the International Monetary Fund’s definition. One civil society campaigner described this to Africa Confidential as ‘the weakest excuse you could imagine’.

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