The EITI is one of the most important global standards that contribute to the improvement of natural resource management and that allow the representation and participation of different stakeholders in the oil and gas sector so to further promote transparency in the oil and gas sector.
On the 25th of January 2017 when the Council of Ministers made a commitment to uphold transparency. The Cabinet issued an unequivocal public statement declaring its intention to join the EITI and appointed the Minister of Energy and Water as the EITI Champion to lead the implementation process. In this regard, the decision of Lebanon to join the EITI complements the legislative framework in place which already imbeds transparency measures through different channels along the petroleum activities value chain.
To complete Lebanon’s candidature to the EITI, Lebanon should form the Multi Stakeholder Group (MSG) which is composed of the Government, companies operating in the host country, in addition to civil society representatives. As per the EITI’s requirements, civil society is to choose its representatives in the MSG in an independent manner without any interference. Therefore, building on the above, I hereby ask civil society organisations to launch their electoral process and to elect their MSG representatives as soon as possible.
The Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) will participate in the elections commission as an observer. The election commission will be composed of two international organisations, namely Publish What You Pay (PWYP) and the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), as well as the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections. We welcome the initiative and we are pleased with the support provided by these organisations, hence allowing Lebanon to join the EITI.
Election Date: April 11th, 2019