French Representative Challenged on Nam Theun 2

May 4, 2005 (Source: ECA Watch) — Amis de la Terre France, Proyecto Gato, and 56 other NGOs from 34 countries have asked the OECD to investigate non-compliance with OECD rules by the National Contact Point (NCP) of France which handled the Nam Theun 2 complaint by NGOs against Electricité de France. The groups claim that lack of fair adjudication and respect for the position of all stakeholders seriously undermines the credibility of the role of NCPs as arbitrators under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The NGOs cite several conflicts of interest between the NCP and the Nam Theun 2 dam project, including overlaping representation in the NCP, the Ministry of Finance, the Board of the French ECA COFACE, and the Asian Development Bank. Read the NGO letter to the French National Contact Point (Word document). Read a list of cases raised by civil society organizations concerning various NCPs. Read the TUAC user's guide to the OECD Guidelines (PDF).