NINE representatives of civil society organizations have been chosen initially to participate in EITI coalition workshop held at Summit Park View Hotel on Sunday.

“Today meeting is to choose interim members of EITI from CSOs. The work-shop will be held again on Feb 10 or 11 and then we will be able to tell how many members are from Yangon Region,” said U Win Myo Thu of Ecodev.

The nine members selected were U Win Myo Thu (Ecodev), U Tun Myint Aung (88 Generation), U Saw Moe Myint (MGN), Ko Alex (Kasen), U Thin Thit (Sein Yaung So), U Ko Ko Lwin (Spectrum), Ko Thant Zin (Dawei), U Kyaw Thu (Paung Ku), and Ko Win Aung (Shwe Gas Pipeline).

As Myanmar plans to join EITI, a triangle organization of Govern-ment, CSOs and private sector must be formed, said U Win Myo Thu.

By becoming a member of EITI, CSOs can inspect funds, where funds are spent and profits of projects, and experts, who represent public need to participate in the group, he pointed out.

“The country will develop if all conflicts between Government and public can be removed. It will be the best if CSOs that represent public take part in projects of the State. That’s important. It takes ages to form natural re-sources so the actual revelation of how resource and profits from them are spent is necessary,” said U Saw Moe Myint of Myan-mar Green Network.

Although CSOs said they recognized Gov-ernment’s action to be-come a member of Extrac-tive Industries Transpar-ency Initiative as important step in transformation, they urged Government to work  with the social organi-zations as precisely required by the EITI regulations.

“By participating in EITI, the public will get a chance to know how much profits are earned from natural resources of the country. They can evaluate how Government spends the budget when the country has transparency in tax and revenue sector. CSOs must be strong enough to take part in Government’s management of tax and revenue,” said U Tun Myint Aung, secret-ary of Agri-Economic and Farmers Affairs Committee of 88 Generation Peace and Open Society.

An EITI workshop was first held in October last year with participation of 136 civil society organ-ization and environmental activists.

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