Mr. Samson S. Tokpah’s visit to Liberia is intended to support the EITI implementation process in the country, particularly as Liberia is expected to go through EITI validation very soon.
While in Liberia, Mr. Tokpah will meet with various stakeholders of the EITI process as well as key opinion leaders in government including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate, the Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the President of the National Oil Company of Liberia. Their meetings will focus on identifying and addressing the gaps that exist in promoting resource transparency in Liberia and strengthening government’s support to the EITI process.
Mr. Tokpah will also provide support to workshop with selected companies in the extractive sectors as well as relevant government ministries and agencies and provide guidance on the data collection process of the pending Beneficial Ownership Disclosure exercises to be conducted by the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI).
The Beneficial Ownership Disclosure exercises will result into the compilation of a database of all natural persons or institutions having ownership rights of not less than ten (10) percent in each entity involved in the extraction/exploitation of Liberia’s mining, oil, forestry and agriculture sectors between July 13, 2009 and December 31, 2013.
Mr. Tokpah, an operations improvement specialist, salvaged the Liberian EITI process from near collapse in 2011 and spearheaded it to a point of recognition before he took on a new assignment at the EITI International Secretariat in Oslo, Norway.