Parliaments

Parliaments can significantly increase natural resource revenues and help use them wisely, if lawmakers understand the issues and their own budget oversight responsibilities. RWI’s training program gives parliaments the knowledge they need to foster national growth and reduce poverty.

Our toolkit includes briefings on managing oil, gas and minerals, videos offering lessons from lawmakers in their own words, and a study of our impact to date: The Capacity to Change.

Parliaments can significantly increase natural resource revenues and help use them wisely, if lawmakers understand the issues and their own budget oversight responsibilities. RWI’s training program gives parliaments the knowledge they need to foster national growth and reduce poverty.

Our toolkit includes briefings on managing oil, gas and minerals, videos offering lessons from lawmakers in their own words, and a study of our impact to date: The Capacity to Change.

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By working directly with civil society, Tanzanian MPs were able to improve their draft mining bill dramatically.

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Lawmakers from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Tanzania face the serious responsibility of ensuring that resource wealth can translate into public benefit.


Ghana’s Minister of Finance has tabled before the country’s parliament the government’s 2015 budget and economic policy statement. The budget statement includes economic forecasts, estimated revenues and proposed resource allocation for the upcoming financial year, as well as projections for 2015 petroleum receipts.

For more than a century, mining has played a prominent role in Ghana’s economy. Despite recent mine closures spurred by falling gold prices, the sector has averaged $2 billion per year for more than five years, accounted for 6 percent of GDP, and contributed 18 percent of total corporate tax earnings and 27 percent of total government revenues...

A study tour in September brought six Mongolian MPs and three parliamentary staff members to western Canada, where they met with tax and public finance officials from British Columbia and Alberta, provincial and federal legislators, leaders of Canada’s First Nations (indigenous communities), and representatives from industry who work with mining-affected communities.

Four years ago, Mongolia’s vast mineral wealth prompted some to call it the “Saudi Arabia of Central Asia”. Today, the country is struggling with declining mineral revenues and inflation.

Earlier this month six Mongolian members of parliament (MPs) and three parliamentary staff members toured western Canada to learn about Canada’s experience managing its mineral and oil booms and busts.

Parliamentarians in Niger are preparing to draft natural resource legislation, which could possibly include the creation of a sovereign wealth fund to benefit future generations...

Briefings

Only eight countries currently have parliamentarians on their EITI multistakeholder groups. This case study presents lessons learned from two of them-Liberia and Yemen-and offers strategies for other countries seeking to involve parliamentarians in similar ways.

A review of the macroeconomic and structural challenges in managing large-scale oil, gas and mining projects, and a policy guide for lawmakers whose countries face these challenges.

Parliaments can use the EITI process to hold government and companies accountable for their management of oil and mining wealth and the social impacts of these industries.

Through the design and oversight of fiscal rules for natural resources, parliaments can help maximize the size, fairness and sustainability of national revenues.

Parliaments can play a critical role in establishing and overseeing state-owned oil and mining programs that operate accountability and effectively.

Disclosure of oil and mining contracts is crucial to ensuring legal compliance and maximum gains, and parliaments are well-placed to advance transparency through legislation and oversight.