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Policy Debate dedicated to Resource Governance Index 2017

30 Nov, -0001 149

Eurasia Hub has held a policy debate dedicated to the regional launch of Resource Governance Index 2017, on July 3, 2017 at Khazar University. The Index measures the quality of resource governance in 81 countries.

Eurasia launch of the index included presentations on overview of the index followed by detailed analysis of Norway’s, Mongolia’s and Azerbaijan’s performance. The policy debate was attended by participants of the Natural Resource Decision Chain training, representatives of state entities, civil society and international organizations.

Deputy Regional Director of SECO, Simone Haeberli, delivered the opening speech. Thereafter, Eurasia Director of NRGI, Galib Efendiev, provided overview of RGI- with a focus on its different segments. After providing classification of the regions according to their performance he provided a detailed overview of the countries in Eurasia. Mr Efendiev mentioned that the index is particularly timely for the countries in Eurasia, given that almost all of them are currently implementing reforms in extractive industries.

Norway ranked the first in the Index, due to its sound governance practices and high scores in enabling environment. Deputy Head of Council from Royal Norwegian Embassy in Baku, Vegard Stensurd, delivered a speech on key conditionalities and underlying reasons of Norway’s good performance.

Following the Q&A session, NRGI’s Mongolia Manager Dorjdari Namkhaijantsan, presented the results for the best performing country in Eurasia. In addition to the conditionalities that prompted high score of Mongolia in the region Dorjdari also touched upon the key issues in mining governance in Mongolia.

Director of Eurasia Hub, Ingilab Ahmadov delivered the last session. Dr Ahmadov underlined that Azerbaijan is one of the few countries where disclosures are not binded by the law but were implemented as a regular practice. This was mainly prompted by government’s disclosure commitments within the EITI. Successful performance of SOCAR in the index (70/100) was also partly pushed by disclosures within the EITI. In conclusion Ingilab Ahmadov underlined that the aforementioned demonstrate importance for the government to continue transparency practices, despite leaving the initiative.

The detailed information and dataset of Resource Governance Index can be foundhere.

Eurasia Hub is open to suggestions on conducting further research and workshops linked with RGI. Please contact us on info@eurasia-hub.org for further inquiries.

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