The assertion was made on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 by Hon. M. Tarnue Marwolo, Deputy Minister of Finance when he opened a one-day technical workshop on preparation, submission, and publication of the 2nd EITI Report of Liberia that is expected to be published in December 2009. The workshop held at the Krystal Oceanview Hotel in Monrovia was organized and facilitated by Moore Stephens LLP, the UK-based firm of Chartered Accountants recently recruited to prepare the LEITI 2nd Report of payments and revenues covering the period July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009.
The Deputy Minister also expressed Government’s appreciation for the level of dedication and commitment that the companies and all other stakeholders continue to show and which has made Liberia to become a well-respected leader among EITI implementing countries.
The workshop was attended by over seventy (70) representatives of mining, oil, forestry, and agriculture companies operating in Liberia as well as representatives of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture, FDA, NOCAL, the General Auditing Commission, etc. Also in attendance were representatives from civil society and Liberia’s development partners. The Workshop provided an interactive forum for the reporting stakeholders and a two-man team from the new LEITI Reconcilers (Moore Stephens) to discuss (1) the LEITI Reporting templates, (2) procedures for completing the templates, and (3) the timetable and address for submission of the templates.
The two auditors from Moore Stephens who organized and facilitated the workshop are Paul Stockton and Ben Toorobally.
According to the LEITI Secretariat, the overall objective of the Workshop is to enhance the overall credibility of the 2nd LEITI Report and thereby avoid the problem of unresolved discrepancies that marred the 1st LEITI Report.
The 1st Report of LEITI was published in February 2009. Since then, Liberia has won many international accolades for the progress of its EITI program. Following successful completion of its EITI validation, the International EITI Board declared Liberia EITI Compliant on October 14, 2009. Liberia is the first country in Africa and the 2nd in the world to become EITI compliant.