“The EITI is the global gold standard for resource revenue transparency. Our EITI Reports help unearth critical information on taxes paid by extractive companies that were not previously available in the public domain. The EITI also offers valuable contextual information on our extractive sectors, and helps citizens to better understand these sectors that are the cornerstone of our national economy”. Mrs. Nicole Olivierre, the Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, spoke those words at the TTEITI’s Roadshow event that was held in Tobago on 28th June. The TTEITI was also honoured to have her deliver the Feature Address at the Roadshow event that was held in Sangre Grande for the mining sector in April, where she also vocalized her commitment to the Trinidad and Tobago EITI.
Even though the target audience for both Roadshow events was different, the message was essentially the same. We want to increase the awareness of the EITI among all stakeholders and have them use the reports as a tool to educate themselves about activities in the extractive sectors and for promoting policy reform and greater transparency and accountability within the extractive sectors. This sentiment was also echoed by the Minister when she stated that “EITI is more than just an accounting exercise, as it can help us start a conversation about long term reform and link us to global transparency best practice.”