He will be representing the interests of PNG and other EITI implementing countries in the South East Asian region in the 2019 to 2022 EITI Board.
Abel’s appointment was confirmed on the 21st of March by the EITI International Secretariat.
Head of PNGEITI National Secretariat, Lucas Alkan, said the appointment demonstrates the confidence they had in PNG to lead on the EITI’s work on good governance of natural resources.
The new Board includes incoming Chair and former New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, who will be announced at the EITI Members’ Meeting on 17 June 2019 at the upcoming Global Conference in Paris, France.
The EITI is an international multi-stakeholder body that promotes the open and accountable management of oil, gas, and mineral resources. It currently has 51 implementing countries.
The PNGEITI is a PNG Government initiative established in 2013 to promote transparency and accountability of revenue received from the country’s mining and petroleum sector.