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Is Transparency Against Sovereignty?
March 8th, 2011
Last July, the Dodd-Frank act provided in its section 1504 that all companies operating in the extractive industries that must report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) would have to publish all payments they make to the U.S. government or any foreign government on a project basis. Since then, the French and British governments have supported similar EU legislation. Many international companies worldwide, and not only the U.S. companies, will be covered by the upcoming SEC regulations which implement section 1504. The argument against such a provision—being a threat to competitiveness—was utilized widely even before Dodd-Frank was...
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