Mozambique is expected to deliver its fourth Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) report on 31 March to the organisation’s headquarters, in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, Mozambican newspaper Correio da Manhã reported.
The newspaper added that the Mozambican government had selected Intellica Moçambique to draw up the report, which is intended to reconcile the payments and income of the mining sector for the period between 1 January and 31 December, 2011.
Mozambique was initially expected to hand in the report by 31 December, 2013, but the deadline was put off until 31 March, 2014 due to a delay in payment of funds to cover the cost of drawing up the report and other related activities.
A source from Mozambique’s EITI Coordination Committee, headed up by deputy Mining Resources Minister Abdul Razak, told the newspaper that the process of selecting the company had only been concluded last November and so a request had to be made to delay the hand in deadline.
The source cited by the newspaper also said that Mozambique was not alone in delaying the deadline for delivery of its report, as other EITI member countries would also deliver their reports by 31 March, 2014. (macauhub)