Fiscal Transparency in Mining Industry

A report from the Central Institute for Fiscal Studies said that mining activities in Guatemala are "far from presenting satisfactory levels of transparency."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

From a report issued by the Central Institute for Fiscal Studies:

Fiscal transparency is a key element to ensure that tax revenues from the extractive industries translate into improvements in the quality of life of the population. Internationally there are numerous initiatives to promote fiscal transparency in the extractive industries, among which are: EITI, Publish What You Pay, Country by Country Reporting, Governance Index Resources (IGR), among others.

The IGR is a tool that evaluates transparency and accountability in the sector, considering four aspects: legal and institutional environment, practices, access to information, safeguards and quality controls and governance conditions, according to internationally accepted rules.

Read the full report here.

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