East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, November 11th, 2016:
The EAC Director for Productive Sector, Mr. Jean Baptiste Havugimana held bilateral talks on Wednesday 9th November 2016 with the Executive Director of the Geneva-based Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International, Mr. Rashid S. Kaukab on the sidelines of the ongoing 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 12th Meeting of Parties to Kyoto Protocol (CMP12) taking place in Bab Ighli in Marrakech, Morocco.
The two officials explored further areas of cooperation, alongside the EAC Geneva Trade and Climate Change Forum. Currently CUTS runs a bi-monthly forums of East African trade negotiators to support their informed and concerted participation on issues of their interest in World Trade Organization (WTO) debates. Besides CUTS’ technical analysis and on-demand papers, negotiators benefit from country updates providing a snapshot of the current on the ground realities of the issue.
CUTS also intend to establish the EAC Climate Change Forum for regular online meetings of East African Climate Change negotiators. Each meeting will be serviced by a technical paper and country updates. It is intended that once a year, climate negotiators will meet with trade delegates of the EAC Geneva Forum for a Trade and Climate Change Coordination Forum.
Related to this, CUTS International Geneva in collaboration with CUTS ARC Nairobi is initiating a project known as PACT EAC2 that is aimed at building the capacity of individuals, networks, and institutions to identify and promote appropriate policies for climate-aware, trade-oriented, food security-enhancing agro-value-addition in the EAC region
CUTS has also initiated a project that aims at promoting the energy sector and during the talks, the Executive Director offered to look at how they can partner with the EAC towards sustainable energy sectors in the region especially in the area of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The EAC and CUTS officials agreed to build on the discussions held and revitalize the existing collaboration between the two institutions and a standing arrangement made to ensure that among the aforementioned programmes the most relevant to the EAC region are identified and areas of collaboration agreed upon.
Established in 1983 as a voice of the poor to express their developmental needs and aspirations, CUTS International is a leading Southern voice and face of consumer empowerment through its rights-based approach and activities for influencing the process and content of inclusive growth and development.
With its headquarters and three programme centres in Jaipur, India; one each in Chittorgarh and Calcutta; an advocacy centre in New Delhi, India; and five overseas centres in Lusaka, Zambia; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; Hanoi, Vietnam and in Geneva, Switzerland, the organisation has established its relevance and impact in the policy-making circles and among the larger development community in the developing world and at the international level.
CUTS International Public Policy Centre (CIPPolC) was launched on July 04, 2014. The state-of-the-art centre would cater to the need of state’s national and international affairs of non-political class. Although the physical facility will be ready by 2016-17, the Centre has already commenced its activities.
(Source: Cuts website; www.cuts-international.org😉
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