CSOs condemn govt over bid to join global body

The government had not given its full participation to civil society organisations (CSOs) working to gain Myanmar’s membership of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and it had failed to keep promises given, according to the Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability.

The authorities were uncooperative, undermining the understanding between the government and CSOs, it said. The government was unable to reduce the people’s difficulties and limited the actions of CSOs, the statement claimed.

It called on the government to appreciate the independence of CSOs and to be more supportive of the efforts of the groups to gain EITI membership and in other areas.

Myanmar will submit its bid for full membership to the EITI secretariat by January 2016. An independent auditor will assess the application.

The EITI board approved Myanmar as a candidate last July.