PRESS RELEASE

SIERRA LEONE GOVERNMENT

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF

STATE HOUSE

Government wishes to inform the general public that it is fully committed to implementing the Extractive Industries Trasnparency Initiative (EITI) for the promotion of transparency and accountability in the extractive sectors. In this regard, Government has established the EITI Secretariat at 29 Dundas Street, Freetown, away from State House so as to enhance access of the public.
 
The Multi-stakeholder Group (MSG), which is the governing body of the EITI, has been expanded to include the following:
  1. Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources
  2. Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security
  3. Petroleum Directorate
  4. Council of Paramount Chiefs
  5. Association of Local Councils of Sierra Leone
  6. Association of Dealers and Exporters
  7. Two more representative from Civil Society
The scope of the EITI report which initially focused on the mining sector, now incorporates the oil/gas sector for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 reconciliation report. Also, districts, local councils and chiefdoms where direct payments are made by large scale companies are now to disclose receipts of payments to the Reconciler.
 
The recruitment of a Reconciler who will be responsible for the production of the second reconciliation report is in progress.
 
The Government is also addressing recommendations in the first report. The Mining Cadastre Office (MCO) in the Ministry of Mineral Resources which among other functions generates revenue data on companies for the EITI process, is now functional and has been rolled out to offices in Bo, Kenema, Makeni and Kono. In addition, a Minerals Working Group and the Extractive Revenue Taskforce have been established to facilitate information sharing and assist with the EITI process. And in order to promote access to revenue information, an On-line Repository has been developed which will soon be made available to the public.
 
The Government is aware that enactment of a law is critical to the implementation of the EITI. As a result, a committee drawn from diverse backgrounds has been set up to facilitate the passing of the EITI bill into law in early 2012.
 
The Government wishes to make 2012 a year of difference for the EITI, and as such, it will assiduously work with all stakeholders concerned.
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Born and raised in Kenema district, eastern Sierra Leone, Othman Sheriff began practicing journalism during his school days as a youthhood hobby. After studying mass-media and communication, Sheriff is now the Editor in Chief and CEO of Critique Echo Newspaper. While tirelessly using journalism as a tool to place his country’s socioeconomic and political landscape under a magnifying glass, Sheriff is deeply involved in community development projects. Over the years, Sheriff has formulated and implemented billions of Leones worth of development projects with funds from Europe and USA. He is chiefly focused on community infrastructural development and economic resuscitation projects, fostering interethnic, interreligious and sociocultural cohesion among the young population in Kenema district. He is a member of many international peacebuilding initiatives including the United Religious Initiative (URI), International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), Intercultural Leaders Network and Youth Solidary Fund program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC)

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