Five (5) of the twenty (20) seats on the EITI Board are allotted to implementing countries. Liberia and other countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Sao Tome, Zambia and Tanzania, categorized as “Africa Region Block 1”, are entitled to one representative and an Alternate. Following a call for nomination from the EITI Secretariat in late 2012, the Multi-stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) nominated Senator Findley to contest the single seat with nominees from the other countries.
Announcing the victory on Wednesday, the Head of Secretariat of the LEITI, Mr. Samson S. Tokpah said the race in which Honorable Findley was nominated was a though one. “This victory did not come easy this time around. Nigeria and Ghana put up a good fight. Nigeria was represented by its EITI Board Chair Ledum Mitee, and Ghana by its Minister of Finance, Seth Terkper”. He therefore hailed members of the LEITI MSG, whose resolve and commonness of purpose, he said, have made this representation possible. “Members of the MSG reached out to their counterparts in other countries sometimes at their own expense to solicit support for the Liberia’s nominee”, Mr. Tokpah said.
The LEITI Head of Secretariat said, Senator Findley’s election is a victory for the Liberian EITI. “Our voice on the Board will be pivotal in shaping the direction of the EITI at a time when the initiative is faced with many critical decisions including Contract Transparency, project-by-project reporting and incorporating new reporting requirements in Europe and the United States into EITI implementation”.
The mandate of the current Board ends in May 2013, and the new Board, to be confirmed and commissioned at the Global EITI Conference scheduled for May 22-24, 2013 in Sydney, Australia, will serve for the next two years. Liberia was represented on the out-going Board by former Lands and Mines Minister, Dr. Roosevelt Jayjay, who was recently honored by the MSG for his devotion while representing Liberia on the EITI Board.
The Board of the EITI is responsible for providing strategic and policy direction and overseeing the EITI at an international level. It is made up of representatives from each constituency (including governments of supporting and implementing countries, extractive companies and investors, and civil society organizations).