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Procedures and practical arrangements

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The Minister of Finance, Chair of the ElTI Committee, informs the public of the commencement of Cameroon's second validation on July 1st 2017. As a reminder, Cameroon adhered to the Initiative in March 2005 on the instructions of the Head of State and was declared compliant on October 17th 2013.

The International Secretariat will be in Cameroon from October 2nd, 2017 within the framework of this second validation. The team to be led by Mrs. Gisela GRANADAO and accompanied by Mr. Alex GORDY shall complete the ongoing initial data collection process as well as consult various stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Initiative.

I.  What is Validation ?

Validation is an essential feature of EITI implementation in a country. It provides stakeholders with an impartial assessment of whether ElTI implementation in a country is consistent with the provisions of the ElTI Standard. The validation report also addresses the impact of the EITI, the implementation of activities encouraged by the EITI Standard, lessons learnt in EITI implementation, as well as any concerns stakeholders have expressed and recommendations for future implementation of the EITI.  

II.  The Validation procedure

The EITI Board adopted a new validation system in February 2016 with focus on improving the impact of the Initiative. This system comprises four phases:

1.    Preparation of the Validation;

2.    Data collection by the International Secretariat : this is the current phase in Cameroon;

3.    Independent quality assurance by an independent Validator appointed by the EITI Board;

4.    Board review.

You will find a more detailed description of the procedure on the EITI Committee website (www.eiticameroon).

Besides, the Board in May 2016 approved the revised Validation guide which provides detailed guidance on the evaluation of the requirements and the Validation procedure

III.Data collection by the International Secretariat

The Secretariat carries out its work in three phases:

1. Desk review. Prior to visiting the country, the Secretariat conducts a detailed desk review of the available documentation relating to the country's compliance with the EITI Standard. Committee members are invited to participate throughout the whole process by directly contacting the team from the International Secretariat. 

2. Country visit. The team consults with the multi-stakeholder group, the independent administrator and other key stakeholders including those that are represented on, but not directly participating in the multi-stakeholder group.

In addition to meeting with the multi-stakeholder, the Secretariat equally meets with its constituent parts (government, companies and civil society) either individually or in constituency groups, with appropriate protocols to ensure that stakeholders are able to freely express their views and that requests for confidentiality are respected.  

3. Reporting on progress against requirements. Based on these consultations, the International Secretariat will prepare a report making an initial evaluation of progress against requirements in accordance with the Validation Guide. This report does not include an overall assessment of compliance, it is submitted to the Validator after comments by the multi-stakeholder group. 

IV.   Independent Validation 

Appointed by the Board after a call for tenders, the Validator assesses whether the Secretariat's initial validation has been carried out in accordance with the Validation Guide. This includes : (i) a detailed desk review of the relevant documentation for each requirement and the Secretariat's initial evaluation for each requirement, (ii) a risk-based approach for spot checks and further consultations with the stakeholders. The Validator then prepares the Validation Report for submission to the Board which includes the Validator's assessment of compliance with each provision but not an overall assessment of compliance. The multi-stakeholder group is then invited to comment on the Validation Report. 

V.  Board review

The Validation Committee proceeds to reviewing the Validator's assessment and any feedback from the multi-stakeholder group. The Validation Committee then makes a recommendation to the EITI Board on the country's compliance with the EITI requirements as well as corrective measures if necessary.

The EITI Board makes the final determination of whether the requirements are met or unmet and the country's overall compliance in the implementation of the EITI Standard.

The team of the International Secretariat in charge of Cameroon's Validation comprises :

Mrs. Gisela Granado, Country Director, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +47 21 68 53 83, Skype : gisela.granado), and

Mr. Alex GORDY, Country Director, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +66 88 604 9930, Skype : alexgordy), with the support of

Mr. Bady BALDE, Director Francophone Africa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +47 216 85 396, Skype : mamadou60) and

Mr. Sam BARTLETT, Technical Director.

Persons interested in the ongoing Validation process in Cameroon can contact them directly:  

Mme Gisela Granado

E-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone : +47 21 68 53 83

Skype : gisela.granado

Mr Alex Gordy

E-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone : +66 88 604 9930


Skype : alexgordy

Yaounde, ____________________ 


Chair of the EITI Committee






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