Encomiums from around the EITI Community have trailed the coming exit of Jonas Moberg, the Executive Director and Head of EITI Secretariat, as he takes a bow after over a decade of meritorious service to the global EITI.
The news of his exit was received in NEITI with mixed feelings as a result of his valued contributions to EITI Implementation in Nigeria as Head of International Secretariat, based in Oslo, Norway.
Jonas Moberg was known in NEITI as the EITI strongman because of his vast knowledge, as well as firm and fair disposition to issues. He speaks, dreams, walks and works EITI with passion, commitment and sincerity of purpose. The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) recalls his several positive interventions to keep NEITI on track especially on the implementation of EITI rules and standards as well as strong multi-stakeholder leadership.
For NEITI, by his exit, the EITI Community has lost an encyclopedia of knowledge, passionate and decisive resource governance expert.
It is to his credit that under his leadership of the Secretariat, the EITI grew from few implementing countries largely in sub-Saharan Africa to a global brand with strong membership in 51 countries drawn from all the continents of the world. As Head of Secretariat, Jonas took advantage of opportunity and pleasure to visit Nigeria on EITI implementation issues. One of those visits where his presence made a lot of difference was his speech at the first NEITI National Conference held on February 10, 2012 at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
In that Speech he remarked “the scope and content of NEITI Reports have and will continue to shape the future and direction of EITI now and in the coming years”. NEITI is at the heart of EITI. EITI is at the heart of NEITI”.
As Jonas the EITI strongman bows out with grace, we in NEITI applaud his leadership and friendship. We also bid him farewell. His exit is in compliance with an African proverb “A good visitor is one who knows when to go.” NEITI wishes him well in his future endeavors.
Jonas Moberg has been appointed as Head of Corporate Affairs at the international commodity trading and logistics company, Trafigura.
Announcing his departure from the EITI, Jonas remarked:
“It has been an extraordinary once in a lifetime privilege to be at the core of the EITI, this unique collaborative governance effort. The EITI has become the global governance standard in the extractive sector, for all its flaws and challenges. Laws have changed, tax and royalty deals have been made public, corruption has been revealed and avoided, and above all, trust has been built - we have come a long way together. The implementation of the EITI is vastly different today compared to only a couple of years ago. In some areas, such as contract disclosure and disaggregated revenue transparency, significant progress has been made. In other areas, such as ownership disclosure, commitments have been made but we are only at the start of the journey to ensure that they are acted upon in our 51 countries and beyond’’.
He reaffirmed that the EITI has been a critical part of, and responded to, an urgent need for an end to secrecy cultures. ‘’The EITI and all of its stakeholders have a lot further to go to make sure that we realise the vision of truly meaningful transparency, where governments’ management of their natural resources is open, and payments and other important information is made available in an accessible and timely way. There are enormous opportunities for the EITI in the years ahead. With urgency, we have a duty to contribute towards improved governance of the world’s natural resources,” he opted.