Top Moments from 2016
33 years since we established, 2016 has been a year of assessment, consolidation and growth in which we learnt, grew and achieved many a milestone. We are proud to share with you some of our most memorable achievements of the year gone by. We also take this opportunity to thank you for believing in us and for working with us in our success.
While we share the achievements of 2016 with pride, we are equally excited to share what’s in store for the coming year. Going forward, CUTS will bear a refreshed look, with our aim and focus aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals. We will also have a well-defined web experience, and a new forward-looking platform focussed on increasing our outreach through better and sustained use of social media. We realise that our work and its impact has a wide reach and we are committed to expanding our efforts to ensure that the last person in the economic stratum is empowered. We seek your continued and valuable support in guiding us as we march ahead.
Wish you the very best for 2017.
CUTS@30: Better Governance for Inclusive Growth
The still infant agro-processing industry in East Africa has been earmarked as having huge potential for poverty reduction. The region’s success in realising this potential will partly depend on its ability to factor in the ever-increasing challenges posed by climate change, and work in synergy with its own trade agenda. The project ‘Promoting Agriculture, Climate and Trade linkages in the EAC (Phase II) brings together, informs, trains and moves to advocacy action hundreds of stakeholders towards more climate-aware, trade-driven and food security-enhancing agro-processing policies in the region. Kenya is already integrating climate and environmental aspects into its revised trade policy.
A Credible Southern Voice on the High Level Panel on Defining the Future of Trade
CUTS has been actively engaging the Ghanaian Ministry of Trade & Industry (MoTI) on competition policy issues by regularly involving relevant officials in activities/initiatives undertaken by the organisation. As a result of this sustained engagement, CUTS Accra has signed a four-year working memorandum of understanding with MoTI to build knowledge, capacity, awareness and partnerships on areas of common interest vis-a-vis trade and development, investment policy, competition and economic regulation, regional integration, consumer protection, and sustainable development in the country.
CLIMATE, FOOD, TRADE: Improving Policy Coherence in East Africa
CUTS Nairobi organised the first Consumer Roundtable on Milk Safety and Loss Reduction in Kenya. The event is a key component under the Voice for Change Programme that looks at enhancing consumer voice in the policy discourse through capacity building and evidence-based advocacy in a bid to address emerging issues of safety and loss reduction in Dairy and Horticulture. The roundtable witnessed participation of national consumer organisations, key government institutions/ministries in finding solutions to emerging safety and loss reduction issues under dairy and horticulture subsectors.
Towards an Optimal Business Regulatory Framework of India
Vietnam has been widely hailed as a success story in economic development, international integration and poverty reduction. One of CUTS Hanoi’s flagship projects till 2016 has been the publication of a quarterly newsletter entitled ‘Vietnam Competition and Consumer Protection Dossier’, which identifies, highlights and analyses the impacts of major economic and regulatory milestones, events and policies on market competition, private sector development and consumer welfare in the country. Vietnam is now considering a comprehensive amendment of its Competition Law, to be adopted in 2018.
Enhancing Knowledge, Strengthening Capacity
CUTS Centre for Consumer Action, Research & Training is working in the city of Jaipur, Rajasthan to improve the quality of urban service delivery through civic engagement, under a project ‘MyCity’, since 2012. We also initiated ‘Rajasthan City Mayors’ Learning Platform’ which resulted in useful peer-learning and experience sharing among Mayors of Rajasthan. Recognising CUTS contribution in the area of urban governance, the Government of Rajasthan conferred Swachh Rajasthan Award, 2016 on CUTS, which was given by Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan in a state level function held at Udaipur on December 22, 2016.