The EITI is a global scheme aimed at promoting transparency over revenues from extractive resources, and is now been implemented in more than 40 countries. The award is given by the International Secretariat based in Oslo, Norway, to recognize the efforts of a National Coordinator from an EITI Implementing Country who has shown distinguished commitment in promoting the EITI process.
In a blog posted on the EITI website on October 21, 2013, the Secretariat described Mr. Tokpah’s interest and commitment to advancing resource transparency in Liberia as overwhelming.
Mr. Tokpah assumed the position of Head at the LEITI Secretariat about 23 months ago when the institution was faced with leadership and capacity constraints, but his commitment to the process has enabled the LEITI to make significant gains in discharging its functions.
Mr. Tokpah led the LEITI to produce the 4th EITI Report for Liberia and the Post Contract Award Process Audit Report, the first of its kind in the global EITI implementing records. Under Tokpah’s leadership, the LEITI also developed a strategic two-year work plan in which institutional priorities were identified and the stakeholder’s process strengthened.
Another key achievement credited to Mr. Tokaph, is the establishment of the Extractive Club Program, a LEITI outreach initiative aimed at increasing public awareness on the management of Liberia’s natural resources. The program is implemented at high schools, and is designed to allow participating students learn more about the extractive industries and contribute to policy decision making around the sector through series of activities, including on-campus series, peer-to-peer discussions, inter-high school debates, mentorship and field trips, amongst others.
Liberia has been a pace setter in the EITI Community, and the recent gains made by the LEITI under Tokpah’s administration has been lauded by many.
In its December 2012 Report, the United Nations Panel of Experts on Liberia hailed the LEITI for what it referred to as “steady progress made by the Agency in performing its mandate”. Others recently commending progress made by the LEITI include US Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Her Excellency Deborah R. Malac; Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to Liberia, Karin Landgren; and the World Bank that has linked Liberia’s increased transparency climate to the LEITI process.