Azerbaijan has been actively participating in the management of the EITI process worldwide by participating at the various high level meetings and conferences and sharing its experience with other resource rich countries.
The II International EITI London Conference in March 2005 established an International Advisory Group (IAG) to guide the further work of the International EITI Secretariat on defining and refining proposals on the future of the EITI. Being pioneer of the EITI implementation process and having tremendous experience in the EITI implementation the Executive Director of the State Oil Fund, Chair of the National Committee on EITI was elected as IAG member to represent Azerbaijan.
The III International EITI Conference held in 2006 in Oslo established the multi-stakeholder Board to manage EITI at the international level and to oversee the future implementations of EITI principles and criteria. Providing Azerbaijan’s demonstrated leadership in the implementation of EITI it was not surprising that the country was unanimously elected to the Board of EITI at the Conference. Azerbaijan’s membership in the EITI Board which is selected every two years corroborates the country’s leading role in implementation of EITI. The Executive Director of the State Oil Fund, Chair of the Committee on EITI is representing the government of Azerbaijan in the EITI Board.
Azerbaijan was re-elected as the EIT|I International Board member in 2009, 2011 and 2013 at the EITI International Conferences held in Doha, Paris and Sydney, respectively.
The State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan for the successful implementation of EITI became a winner of the 2007 United Nations Public Service Award in the category of "Improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the Public Service". Oil Fund is the first governmental agency in the Eastern Europe and CIS countries winning such a highly-recognized award. The United Nations Service award is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in Public Service
(more detailed about the award).
In order to give a strong backing to EITI process and rise it’s momentum at the international level the Government of Azerbaijan initiated and tabled United Nations General Assembly Resolution on EITI, which on 11 September, 2008 was adopted by consensus. Azerbaijan’s strong belief that transparency is a crucial factor in sustainable development and active participation in EITI since the launch of the Initiative were grounds for it to initiate a United Nations General Assembly Resolution in support of transparency.