The Tenth Extractive Sector Forum (ESF).

Sarova Panafric Hotel, Nairobi Sep 17, 3 PM

There is an almost universal agreement on the need to foster greater...

There is an almost universal agreement on the need to foster greater…transparency and accountability (T&A) in the management of the extractive sector in Kenya. However, there seems to lack a common understanding among different extractive sector stakeholder groups on what T&A means to them, the issues for transparency, the scope and institutional roles regarding the same. Moreover, some stakeholders are concerned that transparency and accountability in the context of the extractive sector in Kenya is characterized more by rhetoric than actual work to expand transparency and accountability.

The intention of this ESF is to provide an opportunity to discuss T&A in the context of the extractive sector in Kenya. The forum is the 6th National and the 10th overall in a series of ESF convening bringing together investors, government, civil society organizations and academia to discuss key concerns and emerging issues in the extractive sector. Generally, the Forum will unpack the meaning of T&A from the different perspectives, clarify key issues for T&A, and bring stakeholders to a common understanding. Specifically, it will identify practical solutions and ways to meaningfully improve T&A in Kenya’s extractive sector.

The forum will comprise an introductory presentation on the transparency and accountability framework in Kenya to set the stage for the discussions. This will be followed by the first panel discussion, “Towards a Common Understanding of Transparency and Accountability in the Context of Extractive Sector in Kenya”. Thereafter there will be a final panel discussion, “From Rhetoric to True Pursuit of Transparency and Accountability in the Management of Extractive Resources in Kenya”.

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