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The Swiss government appears ready to join the ranks of countries that require their oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments—but the country’s enormous commodity trading industry may not be covered by a new law.

NRGI has commended the UK’s new payment disclosure requirements for oil, gas and mining companies. The recently enacted UK Reports on Payments to Governments Regulations 2014 come into force today.

The Canadian federal government has tabled a new law that would require oil, gas and mining companies to publicly disclose payments they make to governments around the world.

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.

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.

Publish What You Pay Canada and the NRGI welcome the statement of support today by Canada's energy and mines ministers for the Government of Canada's decision to enact federal legislation to enhance the transparency of payments in the mining, oil and gas sectors.

NRGI's communication director Lee Bailey interviews Laurel Green, chief external affairs policy advisor with Rio Tinto, about the role of the private sector and corporate social responsibility in mining.

On Monday, August 4, NRGI president Daniel Kaufmann joined a panel hosted by the Open Society Foundations in Washington, D.C., to discuss the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. More information on the event, as well as a list of recommended joint commitments and actions to come out of the summit, are available here.

Canada's Northwest Territories has huge resource potential. To investors and oil and mining companies, it is a vast landscape abundant in diamonds, gold, silver, copper, zinc, rare earth minerals, oil and natural gas. Climate change is expected to open up even more land and sea for exploration and production.

Back in August 2012, when the SEC issued detailed rules under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, I was among those who commented that it was a huge step toward transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries...

In line with U.S. and EU legislation, the EITI now requires companies to report payments on a project-by-project basis. It also encourages countries to disclose the identity of the real owners—“beneficial owners” – of the companies that have acquired rights to extract oil, gas and minerals.

Discussion in Washington, DC of how transparency of payments to governments can improve the governance of natural resource wealth and combat corruption, plus the business case for consistent disclosure across jurisdictions.

Canada is global mining, pure and simple. Over 50 percent of the world’s mining companies are based in Canada and Canadian mining companies explore, develop and produce in over 100 countries...

Canadian exploration and mining associations, in collaboration with civil society organizations, have released recommendations for the development of a payment transparency standard for all publicly-traded mining companies in Canada.

Kofi Annan spoke in Geneva last night to celebrate the Graduate Institute moving into the Maison de la paix, Kofi Annan delivered the opening lecture of the Institute's 2013-2014 academic year.

Senators and international investors have written the SEC to urge quick re-issue of a strong rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

RWI disappointed with the District Court's ruling in the American Petroleum Institute v. SEC litigation. The ruling vacates and remands to the SEC rules required by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

The Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group is pleased to release for public comment its draft recommendations on implementing mandatory reporting standards for Canadian mining companies. This release comes on the heels of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s pre-G8 announcement that Canada will establish new transparency standards.

Today, on the eve of the G8 Summit, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada will establish new mandatory reporting standards for Canadian oil, gas and mining companies. The announcement comes on the heels of the European Parliament’s vote for strong new disclosure requirements for extractive companies.

The European Union took a decisive step to counter corruption in global oil, gas and mining sectors, coming to agreement on transparency legislation under negotiation since 2011.

Hydraulic fracturing could lead the U.S. to energy independence. But there are other social and economic factors to consider.

During a Ted Talk, the U2 frontman called out corruption as one of the primary forces hindering faster progress towards zero poverty.

The Dutch government indicated today it would not bow to Shell's pressure to weaken the EU's proposed disclosure rules. Norway's Statoil reaffirmed it does not support the API's lawsuit.