In June NRGI’s regional office in Eurasia brought together more than 25 multi-stakeholder group (MSG) members from five countries for a collaborative training session on analysis of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report data. The training took into account a number of EITI reports expected by the end of year.
Elvira Jantureeva, a member of the Geology and Subsoil Use Committee in Kazakhstan’s Investments and Development Ministry, was one of seven government representatives who participated in the workshop. Responsible for adherence to and compliance with the EITI process, Jantureeva is an expert in its practice in Kazakhstan. The world’s largest uranium producer, Kazakhstan’s mining and oil and gas industries accounted for 53 percent of state budget in 2013.
Kazakhstan was among the first countries in Eurasia to publish its EITI report based on the new standard. The report included lots of new information on extractives, including data disaggregated by companies and payments. Also, the country managed the development of an online tool for all payments types by all companies. But Kazakhstan’s performance on NRGI’s Resource Governance Index shows room for improvement.
NRGI has qualified the country’s 2013 EITI report as very comprehensive. However, in our 2014 report Reforming National Oil Companies, NRGI noted that KazMunaiGas, Kazakhstan’s national oil company, faced governance challenges that affect its commercial performance. A sovereign wealth fund in Kazakhstan controls the company, but exercises little oversight over its operations.
The June session was Jantureeva’s first NRGI training. After the training, Jantureeva shared her thoughts on the experience:
Fidan Bagirova is NRGI’s Eurasia senior officer.