The WIMM kick start the new season in style
The Western Institute of Mining and Minerals (WIMM)
opened their season in style with a presentation attended by over 40 people,
given by Clare Short, former MP and now Chair of the Extractive Industries
Transparency Initiative (EITI).
Clare Short was an MP for 27 years and UK Secretary of State for
International Development from 1997 to 2003. Claire was elected Chair of the
EITI International Board in March 2011.
The EITI is a coalition of
governments, companies, civil society groups, investors and international
organizations. It sets a global
standard for transparency in oil, gas and mining. Its funding reflects its multi-stakeholder support, with countries and NGOs
contributing around 60% while the private sector (mainly oil and gas and mining
companies) account for the rest. It aims to strengthen governance by
improving transparency and accountability in the extractives sector, in order
to foster growth and reduce poverty.
The presentation was preceded
by the AGM which reflected on the achievements over the last year highlighted
by being awarded Local Society of the Year. Christine Blackmore was reelected
as President and is pictured in the photograph above with the Local Society of
the Year award trophy, WIMM committee members and Mrs. Clare Short.