Africa Progress Panel Summary of the impact and influence of the 2013 Africa Progress Report Panel Member Meeting September 27th, 2013 Geneva, Switzerland Part 1 – 2013 Africa Progress Report Pre-launch April 2013 – Social media campaign begins on Facebook and Twitter, with a Fact a Day. April 2013 – Kofi Annan films video to demand greater transparency from Africa's leaders and foreign investors. Aimed at civil society, video released prior to launch. May 2013 – Release of animation based on the findings and recommendations of the 2013 Africa Progress Report. 9 MARCH 2013 The European Commission, the European Parliament and the council of the EU strike a deal on transparency of extractives industries to be later drafted into law, similar to the US Dodd-Frank Act. Launch – 10 May “The Africa Progress Report is a game-changer.” - Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank Panel op-eds Kofi Annan – ‘Stop the plunder of Africa’. IHT, Worldwide Michel Camdessus – ‘La lutte contre l’évasion fiscale: une priorité vitale pour l’Afrique’. Libération, France Peter Eigen – ‘A fair deal for Africans’. National Post, Canada Graça Machel – ‘A riqueza dos recursos naturais de África proporciona uma janela única de oportunidades’. Diário de Moçambique, Mozambique Strive Masiyiwa – ‘Resource-rich Africa owes it to the poor’. Mail & Guardian, South Africa “This is an impressive, timely and important report.” - Claire Short, Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative The Financial Times 9 May – ‘Annan report blasts ENRC for costing Congo $725m’ 10 May – ‘Progress Panel has Congo deals in its sights’ 10 May – ‘Heart of darkness inside the Congo’ (Editorial) 12 May – ‘How we can help African nations to extract fair value’ (Paul Collier) “There are many important recommendations in the Africa Progress Report.” - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia Media coverage “Once again, the Africa Progress Panel is saying what we all know but few want to admit.” - Lanre Akinola, Editor, This is Africa Part 2 – Events AU briefing – 23 May 23 MAY 2013 The new EITI Standard, which ensures transparency around countries’ oil, gas and mineral resources, is adopted at the EITI Global Conference in Sydney. 21-22 June – Michel Camdessus participates in a panel with President Mkapa and President Ouattara during the Africa Emerging Markets Forum in Abidjan. Presents 2013 APR. 25 June – Michel Camdessus participates in panel discussion during the Friends of Europe’s Development Policy Forum in Brussels. 22-24 July – Peter Eigen facilitates conference on Negotiation Support Facility in Liberia. 7 September – Vatican discusses 2013 APR during Day of Reflection. Participants include representatives from Rio Tinto, Anglo American and China Minmetals Corporation. JULY 2013 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf requests copies of the 2013 Africa Progress Report to be distributed to her Cabinet Ministers. Part 3 – G8 Pre-G8 June 2013 – Strive Masiyiwa and Caroline Kende-Robb participate in high-level panel discussions on natural resources and the G8 at the Zamyn Global Citizenship Forum at the Tate Modern in London. June 2013 – Kofi Annan participates in pre-G8 meetings on ‘Open Growth: Tax, Trade and Transparency’ in London. Our APR video animation is broadcast. June 2013 – Kofi Annan presents the 2013 APR at the UN Security Council. 10 JUNE 2013 Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, announces mandatory reporting standards for payments made to foreign and domestic governments by Canadian extractive companies. G8 “According to Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel, 12 of the 25 countries in the world with the highest child mortality rates are resource-rich African countries.” - David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, cites the 2013 APR during G8 ‘Open for growth’ speech 2013 Africa Progress Report presented to G8 leaders during Summit at Lough Erne. 18 JUNE 2013 G8 commits to establishing the automatic exchange of information between tax authorities as the new global standard. APP statements on the G8 15 June – ‘David Cameron pledges G8 action on tax havens’ 17 June – ‘Global citizens need G8 to act on tax avoidance and corruption, APP tells G8’ 18 June – ‘Africa Progress Panel Welcomes G8 communiqué’ 20 June – ‘Tackle tax avoidance and shell companies to reduce likelihood of conflict, says Kofi Annan’ 16 July – ‘G8 must keep the forward momentum on extractives transparency’ “If you have not read the Africa Progress Report, you really should.” - Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary for DFID Part 4 – G20 G20 July – Kofi Annan sends letters and copies of the 2013 APR to G20 Finance Ministers and Sherpas. 16 August 2013 – Social media Fact of the Day campaign starts. Tagline: “G20 tax reform must benefit Africa too.” 30 August – Kofi Annan op-ed, ‘Rewards for mining companies that pay fair tax’, published in the Australian Financial Review. 5 September – Kofi Annan op-ed, ‘G20: how global tax reform could transform Africa’s fortunes’, published in The Guardian. 10 September – APP statement on G20 6 SEPT 2013 G20 makes decision to endorse automatic information exchange as the new global standard for governments helping each other to catch tax evaders. What next? ?