Establishment of Multi-stakeholder group is one of the requirements of the EITI Standard. Taking this into account, MSG comprised of 3 primary and 3 alternative members from each Memorandum Parties (Group of Companies, NGO Coalition and Committee) having equal rights was established with an intention to further improve the EITI process, permanently implemented in Azerbaijan within the framework of the Memorandum and to ensure stronger and more effective oversight and management on the EITI process. The MSG conducts its activities in accordance with the agreement on the establishment of MSG and its activity on implementation on the EITI in Azerbaijan. Meetings of the MSG are held at least four times a year in accordance with EITI Work Plan. Chairman of the Committee becomes the member of MSG on behalf of Azerbaijan government and chairs these meetings.
Rights and Responsibilities of the MSG
MSG functions in accordance with the EITI Standard and its rights and responsibilities include the following:
a) To develop and approve an annual EITI Workplan;
b) To determine material revenue sources and the level of material amounts/volumes for these sources within the EITI framework;
c) To approve the reporting forms for the Government and local and foreign companies comprising the Company Group (‘Company Group Members’), if necessary to make corresponding additions and changes to these forms;
d) To define selection criteria and scope of work of an Independent Administrator (‘the Administrator’) for reconciliation of the reports provided by the Government and the Company Group Members, to select and appoint the Administrator;
e) To hear the Administrator’s Opinion, approve or return back for revision;
f) To hear the NGO Coalition’s Opinion, propose and consider amendments;
g) To prepare, approve, publish and distribute the country’s EITI Report and the Annual Activity Report;
h) To initiate proposals regarding the development and improvement of the EITI;
i) To participate in the Validation process conducted by the EITI International Secretariat with an intention to evaluate the status of EITI in the country;
j) To make applications and prepare recommendations to the Parties and international institutions;
k) To engage experts or set up working groups to investigate and make recommendations on issues related to EITI.
Structure of the MSG
Each Party shall appoint with equal rights 3 (three) principal members and up to 3 (three) alternate members to the MSG.
By March 1 of each year, the Parties shall officially submit to the EITI Secretariat the list of principal and alternate members appointed to the MSG.
Alternate members have the right to attend the MSG meetings as observers. An alternate member exercises the authorities of the principal member in the case of non-attendance of the latter at any MSG meeting.
The Parties can change their appointed principal and alternate members during the year by sending a written notification to the EITI Secretariat.
If a member of the MSG has to withdraw from the MSG before the end of his/her appointment period for any reason, the Party represented by that member shall send notice to the MSG members to this effect no later than 5 (five) working days prior to withdrawal.
Current MSG members
Meetings of MSG
Meetings of the MSG are held at least 4 (four) times a year.
Meetings of the MSG are held and considered valid if at least 2 (two) members of MSG appointed by each Party (six (6) members in total) attend the meetings.
Only principal and alternate members of the MSG and observers invited with the consent of the MSG may attend the meetings of the MSG.
At least 10 (ten) working days before each regular or extraordinary MSG meeting, the EITI Secretariat shall prepare and submit to the MSG members the agenda of such meeting based on the suggestions made by the Parties.
An extraordinary meeting of the MSG shall be held at the request of any of the Parties. The date of such extraordinary meeting shall be set within 10 (ten) working days of the date of the request.
The chairman of the Commission shall be a member of the MSG on behalf of the Government and shall chair its meetings. In the event of non-attendance of the chairman of the Commission at a MSG meeting, the chairmanship is exercised by members of MSG representing Parties in turn.
The EITI Secretariat shall organize the MSG meetings, develop the minutes, agree the minutes with MSG and archive the documents.
Decisions of MSG
Decisions of the MSG are made at meetings of the MSG.
The decisions of the MSG are made on the basis of consensus of the members of MSG attending the MSG meeting.
Any position expressed by a member of the MSG is considered to be the position of the relevant Party. Therefore, prior to the meeting, the members of MSG should seek to reach an agreement on the issue with the Party that they represent.